Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 06.06.2007
    Column References: 461 c614-5W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Health Professions: Foreign Workers
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses and auxiliary nurses from (i) Nigeria, (ii) Ghana and (iii) other African countries since 2005.
    Answering Department: Home Office
    Member Answering Question: Byrne, Liam
    Answer: Table 1 shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1 January 2005 to 31 March 2007 from (a) Ghana, (b) Nigeria and (c) other African countries.The list details countries that have been included in the category entitled “Other African Countries”.There have been no approvals for African countries for auxiliary nurses.The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.Table 1
    Doctor Nurse Total
    Ghana 34 969 1,003
    Nigeria 211 1,854 2,065
    Other African countries 921 9,743 10,664
    Total 1,166 12,566 13,732
    African Countries other than Nigeria and Ghana includes:”Algeria””Angola””Benin””Botswana””Burkina Faso””Burundi””Cameroon””Cape Verde””Central African Republic””Chad””Comoros””Congo””Djibouti””Egypt””Equatorial Guinea””Eritrea””Ethiopia””Gabon””Gambia””Guinea””Guinea Bissau””Ivory Coast””Kenya””Lesotho””Liberia””Libya””Madagascar””Malawi””Mali””Mauritania””Mauritius””Morocco””Mozambique””Namibia””Niger””Reunion””Rwanda””Sao Tome & Principe””Senegal Seychelles””Sierra Leone””Somalia””South Africa””Sudan””Swaziland””Tanzania””Togo””Tunisia””Uganda””Zaire””Zimbabwe”