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Work Permits

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to individuals working in sport in each of the last five years; and in which (a) sports and (b) area of employment the individuals concerned were employed. [58476]

Mr. McNulty: The following table shows the total number of work permits issued to individuals working in sport in the last five years. Listed as the occupations individuals were employed in and the specific areas within the sport.
Occupation code20012002200320042005Total
American football coach107137037
American football player67817590151
American football technician110507
Basketball coach6345119
Basketball development officer100001
Basketball player75751059175421
Boxing coach010113
Coach (other)5246504215205
Cricket coach2116273424122
Cricket player4095245074213282,189
Cricket player/coach00058121179
Football manager/coach001001
Football player5349524949252
Gymnasts coach262216161898
Hockey coach2432415
Hockey player17671435
Ice hockey coach4422214
Ice hockey player6482614550302
Ice skater100012
Ice skater coach200002
Jockey (work rider)16531227
Kabbadi player0007281153
Lacrosse development officer3638444648212
Lacrosse player000000
Martial arts29471234
Motor sports driver191819131786
Other sports related occupation29719210024316
Polo groom0003546981,052
Polo player53105101104100463
Polo trainer3060576426237
Racquet sport coach0006814
Racquet sport player71034125
Rugby league coach4331617
Rugby league player5150503648235
Rugby union coach610512639
Rugby union player6268354252259
Snooker player1718151758
Snow sports related occupation041005
Water sports related occupation1334617

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Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is available to people seeking (a) work permits and (b) visas to come to the UK to take up employment in sport. [58477]

Mr. McNulty: There is comprehensive guidance available for people seeking a work permit. There is a specific set of guidance for sports and entertainment with a detailed section on employment in sport. This guidance is maintained and updated twice yearly and can be obtained in a hard copy from a distribution centre or from the Work Permits (UK) website
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For sports people who are wishing to come to the UK temporarily to take part in a competition it may not be necessary to obtain a work permit. Guidance on this can be found on the immigration and nationality directorate website

For sports people who wish to apply for a visa there is hard copy guidance from UKvisas in the UKvisas booklet on work permits, and electronically in the diplomatic service procedures on the UKvisas website
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Access to Work

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cost benefit analysis he has conducted of the Access to Work scheme; and if he will make a statement. [56899]

Mrs. McGuire: In 2004–05 around 32,000 people benefited from Access to Work compared with fewer than 13,000 in 1997–98, when the budget was £14.6 million compared to £60 million in 2006–07.

For every individual helped by Access to Work there is a net benefit to the Exchequer of almost £1,400.

For every individual helped by Access to Work there is a net benefit to the Economy of almost £3,000.

Access to Work is administered by 11 Regional Access to Work Business Centres, each of which is responsible for its own part of the total budget. The Business Centres ensure value for money by arranging local contracts for goods and services, the details of which are given to disabled customers as required.

Benefits (Coventry)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry, South received (a) widow's benefit, (b) housing benefit, (c) council tax credit and (d) income support in each year since 1997. [58908]

Mr. Plaskitt: Widows benefit is not available broken down geographically prior to 1999. Housing benefit and council tax benefit figures are not available broken down by parliamentary constituency; local authority figures have been provided.

The available information is in the tables.
Widows benefit and bereavement benefit claimants in the Coventry, South parliamentary constituency: each August 1999to 2005

Widows BenefitBereavement Benefit
August 1999400n/a
August 2000400n/a
August 2001400n/a
August 2002300100
August 2003300100
August 2004200100
August 2005300100

n/a=figures are not applicable.
1.Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2.Bereavement Benefit, which replaced Widows Benefit for new claims, was introduced in April 2001.
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent.

Housing benefit and council tax benefit caseloads: Coventry city council; each August from 1997 to 2005.

Housing benefitCouncil tax benefit
August 199726,20037,900
August 199825,70036,800
August 199924,30033,100
August 200023,30033,500
August 200121,40031,100
August 200221,10030,400
August 200321,20029,900
August 200421,50030,800
August 200521,60032,100

1.The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2.Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
3.Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.
4.Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 1997 to August 2005.

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Income support claimants (excluding minimum income guarantee) in the Coventry, South parliamentary constituency; each August from 1997 to 2005

August 19974,200
August 19984,400
August 19994,100
August 20004,200
August 20014,200
August 20024,100
August 20034,200
August 20044,100
August 20053,900

1.Figures for August 1999 to August 2005 are from the DWP 100 per cent. Work and Pensions longitudinal study, whilst figures for August 1997 and August 1998 are derived by applying 5 per cent. proportions to 100 per cent. totals.
2.Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
3.Income Support figures exclude minimum income guarantee (MIG); pension credit replaced MIG on the 6 October 2003 and ended IS entitlement to customers aged 60+. Pension credit cases are not included in the figures in the table.
DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) and DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. samples.

Departmental Procurement

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to achieve savings in procurement processes within (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has responsibility in the last three years. [51992]

Mrs. McGuire: The steps taken by the Department for Work and Pensions to achieve savings in procurement processes are delivered through a commercial strategy that applies to the entire Department, its agencies and associated non-departmental public bodies (NDBPs). The steps include:

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Through these steps and others the Department has made the biggest contribution of all Departments to support OGC in exceeding its SR00 and SR02 PSA targets. The Department has reported improving procurement Value For Money (VFM) gains for the last four years. In 2004–05 it reported procurement VFM gains of £326.4 million to OGC; this was 7.6 per cent. of the Department's total commercial spend of £4,289 million and 29.5 per cent. of the total reported by all Departments.

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