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Horticulture: Migrant Workers

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 19732, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) EU and (b) overseas nationals employed as (i) semi-skilled and (ii) unskilled workers in horticulture.

Answered on

2 March 2020

The information requested at this level of detail on employment numbers is not held by Defra. Defra is considering the latest data and working closely with industry to understand labour demand and supply, including both permanent and seasonal workforce requirements.

The information requested on estimates of additional costs incurred as a result of the new points-based immigration system is not held by Defra.