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Skilled Workers: English Language

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK restaurant trade of skilled chefs from abroad needing to pass the English language test requirement.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration)

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The Government have not yet made a full assessment of the likely effect on the UK restaurant trade of skilled chefs from abroad needing to pass the English language test requirement. Full impact assessments for each tier of the PBS will be published in due course.

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