§ Mr. Crausby
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been(a) made and (b) accepted for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme, broken down by (i) the top 20 nationalities and (ii) occupation, since the inception of the programme. 
§ Mr. Browne
I regret that a full breakdown of the information requested is not readily available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
However, we are able to provide a breakdown of the number of applications received and approved by the top 10 nationalities up to the 23 June 2004. They are as follows:
Number Applications Received India 4,798 Pakistan 2,840
Number Nigeria 1,570 United States of America 1,448 South Africa 1,176 Australia 1,173 China 712 New Zealand 539 Zimbabwe 395 Russian Federation 332 Applications Approved India 1,569 United States of America 1,094 South Africa 686 Pakistan 639 Australia 588 Nigeria 377 China 273 New Zealand 263 Canada 198 Russian Federation 179