Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each year since 1990 at (a) tier 1, broken down into categories (a) to (e) and (b) at tier 2. [223383]

    Mr. Browne [holding answer 23 March 2005]: The table outlines the number of work permits that were issued in each year since 2000 at (a) tier 1, broken down into categories (a) to (e) and (b) at tier 2. This two tier system was introduced in 2000 so figures are not available for previous years.

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    Work permits approved
    2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Total
    Tier 1
    Intra Company Transfers (a) 26,155 27,438 26,100 27,386 32,768 139,847
    Board Level Posts (b) 974 788 607 473 392 3,234
    Inward Investment (c) 53 41 26 24 19 163
    Shortage Occupations (d) 24,485 47,718 49,916 41,847 40,120 204,086
    Sponsored Researcher (e) 0 0 0 0 100 100
    Total 51 ,667 75,985 76,649 69,730 73,399 347,430

    Tier 2
    Total 19,103 28,591 41,109 51,487 55,618 195,908

    Total 70,770 104,576 117,758 121,217 129,017 543,338

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