HL Deb 17 June 1980 vol 410 c1107WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the estimated length of time that a person applying for entry clearance at the end of the fourth quarter of 1979, and at the end of the first quarter of 1980 respectively in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan may have to wait, and whether they will publish such information quarterly in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Control of Immigration Statistics.


The information requested is given in the following table. I have no plans for including such estimates in the regular Statistical Bulletin.

Estimated time that a person who applied for a first interview at the end of the quarter may have to wait:

Number of years
1979 1980
3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr
Main queue Bangladesh (Dacca) 2 2 2
India (New Delhi and Bombay) ¾ ¾ ¾
Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi)
Priority queue Bangladesh (Dacca) ¼ ¼ ¼
India (New Delhi and Bombay) ¼ ¼ ¼
Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi) ¼ ¼ ¼
Husbands Bangladesh (Dacca) 2 2 2
India (New Delhi and Bombay)
Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi)
Fiancés Bangladesh (Dacca) 2 2 2
India (New Delhi and Bombay) 1¾*
Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi) 2 2
(*Corrected figure from reply given on 15th January 1980 (or Lords, Vol. 404, cols. 85–88)).