Work Permits: Professional Sportsmen

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Moynihan Lord Moynihan Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the decision to permit people on working holiday visas the right to take up employment in professional sport was taken; and what assessment has been made of the impact on employment opportunities in professional sport for United Kingdom sportsmen and women arising from this decision.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

Changes to the Commonwealth Working Holidaymaker Scheme were announced on 20 June 2003 and became effective for new applicants on 25 August 2003. Nationals of Commonwealth countries who enter as working holidaymakers may now work in any sector during their two-year stay, but must intend to take a holiday break from work during their stay.

The Government are reviewing the impact of the changes to the scheme. As part of the review, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently assessing the impact on the sports sector with a number of sporting bodies.

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