HC Deb 10 December 1986 vol 107 cc165-6W
Mr. Dubs

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas have been issued in (a) Ghana, (b) Bangladesh, (c) India and (d) Pakistan since the scheme began; and how many of these were issued without an interview.

Mr. Waddington

The information currently available centrally on entry clearances issued is given in the following table. It is usual practice to interview applicants for an entry clearance for settlement. It is estimated that in November the proportion of visitors, students and transit passengers dealt with who were not interviewed was about half in Ghana, negligible in Bangladesh, two thirds in India and over three quarters in Pakistan.

Persons issued with an entry clearance1 to the United Kingdom in October-November 1986
Number of persons6
Country Purpose Total
Settlement2 Other purposes
October 1986 October 1986 November 19863 October 1986
Ghana 34320 51,600
Bangladesh 250 660 630 900
India 290 8,100 5,600 8,400
Pakistan 400 3,600 3,300 4,000
—Not available
1 Entry certificates were issued to Bangladeshi and Indian citizens prior to 15 October, and to Ghanaian citizens prior to 23 October, otherwise the data relate to visas issued.

Mr. Mark Robinson

The latest available information relates to 30 June 1986, and is given in the following table:

2 Wives, children, persons for immediate settlement, husbands and fiance(e)s.

3 Visitors, students and transit passengers.

4 For period 1 to 22 October.

5 For period 23 October to 30 November.

6 Provisional data.