To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 19 October (WA 81), how many work permits were issued to Bulgarian and Romanian adult nationals entering the United Kingdom from January 2007 to December 2010; how many such nationals were issued with national insurance numbers in that period; whether the difference in volumes of work permits and national insurance numbers issued in this instance is greater than expected; and, if so, whether they will investigate further the reason for that difference.
The number of work permit variants issued to Bulgarian and Romanian (EU2) nationals is available on the Home Office website in the "European Economic Area data tables". The most recent statistics available show that a total of 174,577 work permit variants were issued to EU2 nationals between
The figures for national insurance numbers issued to Bulgarian and Romanian (EU2) nationals previously provided by Lord Freud on
The difference is not greater than expected and will not be investigated further. An individual worker will be issued with only one national insurance number, but some EU2 nationals will receive more than one work permit, as they are required to hold a new work permit in respect of each job they undertake. Some other EU2 workers will receive a work permit but not, in the end, take up employment in this country.