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UK Border Agency: Pay

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the UK Border Agency was of overtime payments in the last 12 months; how many hours of overtime were claimed for; and if he will make a statement. [320791]

Mr. Woolas: The cost to the United Kingdom Border Agency of overtime payments in the last 12 months (February 2009 to January 2010) was £10.5 million out of a total wage bill to the UKBA of £882.4 million.

The above figure(s) do not include, for the first two months, overtime, or wages incurred within the Border Force Detection function moved to the United Kingdom Border Agency from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the machinery of Government transfers taking place on 1 April 2009. Because rates of overtime can differ in respect of the days on which work falls, and individual pay rates of the recipients concerned it is not possible to convert the above figures into hours of overtime claimed for, except at disproportionate cost.

Work Permits

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) in country and (b) out of country work permits were approved in each year since 2004. [321599]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 11 March 2010]: The work permit scheme closed on 26 November 2008. Figures for the number of work permits approved in the period 2004-08 are as follows:

Work permit approvals

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

In country






Out of country






1. Figures are rounded to nearest five. 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.
2. The figures include both new permits and those approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.

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