7 June 1996

NFU welcomes work permits

A HOME Office decision to almost double the number of work permits issued under the seasonal agricultural workers scheme has been welcomed by NFU leader, Sir David Naish.

Sir David said the additional seasonal workers quota, which will rise from 5550 to 10,000 from 1997 onwards, would help maintain productivity levels. "This will help to ease the difficulties which horticultural employers have experienced in recruiting seasonal workers.

"The rise in workforce numbers is in line with the demands of the agricultural industry for employees at specific times of the year."

The NFU had been pressing for an increase in the permit quota and junior home office minister Baroness Blatch recently told Lords that government had accepted it fell short of the industrys needs (News, May 10). &#42