asked Her Majesty's Government:
What were the outcome and length of the consultation process which took place with professional sports organisations prior to the decision to permit people on working holiday visas to be employed in professional sport; which organisations responded to the proposals for professional sport; and how many responses were in favour of the proposals.
A public consultation document on the Working Holidaymaker Scheme (WHS) was published in May 2002 with the consultation period ending on
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) received representations directly from a number of sporting bodies, including the Ice Hockey Players' Association, against the proposed changes. However, the arguments raised were considered not to outweigh the potential advantages to the WHS of the removal of employment restrictions. The Government are reviewing the impact of the changes to the scheme. Within this review the DCMS, as part of the review process, is currently investigating the impact of the WHS with a number of sporting bodies.