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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the management of applicants who qualify for the Gateway programme but apply after the 600 places on the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme have been allocated.
There is no indication at this stage that the 600 places that have been allocated under Gateway over the next two years will be oversubscribed.
Employing Departments and the UK Border Agency are carefully monitoring the number of staff who are eligible and the option they have chosen. Current statistics show that over half of former staff eligible for assistance have opted for the financial package of assistance.