§ Mrs. Wise
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many families are split because wives domiciled in Britain are awaiting permission for their husbands to join them; and what are average waiting times;
(2) how many families are split because wives are awaiting entry permits to join their husbands in Britain; and if he will give details of waiting times.
§ Mr. Renton
Information is available only for persons in the Indian subcontinent applying for entry to the United Kingdom. At 31 March 1987, 5,110 wives in the subcontinent were awaiting a decision on their application for an entry clearance to, or a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in, the United Kingdom. The corresponding number of husbands in the subcontinent awaiting a decision on their application for an entry clearance and information on waiting times to first interview are given in tables 9 and 10 respectively of the Home Office Statistical Bulleting "Control of Immigration: Statistics—First Quarter 1987" (Issue 14/87).