Written Answers. - Work Permits.

David Stanton

Question:

69 Mr. Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of work permits issued in 2001 and to date in 2002; the fee or other charge to be paid by employers or applicants in relation to work permits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22128/02]

The number of work permits issued in respect of 2001 and to end of October 2002 are set out in the following table:

Month

Issued

Jan-01

2,148

Feb-01

2,928

Mar-01

3,172

Apr-01

3,111

May-01

2,840

Jun-01

2,736

Jul-01

3,667

Aug-01

3,224

Sep-01

2,984

Oct-01

3,800

Nov-01

3,867

Dec-01

1,959

Total

36,436

Jan-02

2,602

Feb-02

3,462

Mar-02

3,725

Apr-02

3,604

May-02

3,116

Jun-02

3,148

Jul-02

4,034

Aug-02

4,122

Sep-02

3,467

Oct-02

3,622

Total

34,902

The scale of work permit fees payable by the employer making an application is:

Duration

One Month

50.00

Two Months

75.00

Three Months

100.00

Four Months

125.00

Five Months

150.00

Six Months to One Year

400.00

No fee is payable by an employee.