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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. 
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.
|American football coach||10||7||13||7||0||37|
|American football player||67||8||17||59||0||151|
|American football technician||1||1||0||5||0||7|
|Basketball development officer||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Ice hockey coach||4||4||2||2||2||14|
|Ice hockey player||64||82||61||45||50||302|
|Ice skater coach||2||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jockey (work rider)||16||5||3||1||2||27|
|Lacrosse development officer||36||38||44||46||48||212|
|Motor sports driver||19||18||19||13||17||86|
|Other sports related occupation||29||71||92||100||24||316|
|Racquet sport coach||0||0||0||6||8||14|
|Racquet sport player||7||10||3||4||1||25|
|Rugby league coach||4||3||3||1||6||17|
|Rugby league player||51||50||50||36||48||235|
|Rugby union coach||6||10||5||12||6||39|
|Rugby union player||62||68||35||42||52||259|
|Snow sports related occupation||0||4||1||0||0||5|
|Water sports related occupation||1||3||3||4||6||17|
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 www.workingintheuk.gov.uk.
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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 www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk.
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 www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
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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.
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. 
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.
|Widows Benefit||Bereavement Benefit|
|Housing benefit||Council tax benefit|
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. 
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:
collaborating and sharing best practice on procurement with the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and across the public sector. The Department leads cross-Government deals for stationery and postal services and recently successfully led procurement for public sector-wide frameworks for travel services including rail, air/ferry, car hire, hotels and conferences;
expanding use of purchasing cards and e-commerce to improve the efficiency of the purchasing process. 80 per cent. of low value purchasing transactions are now processed electronically and all low value transactions will be traded electronically by 2007;
a programme to develop procurement skills, with 75 per cent. of staff in specialist procurement posts CIPS qualified and the introduction of a Delegated Procurement Authority (DPA) to ensure all procurements are supported by suitably trained and experienced staff; and
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 200405 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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