HC Deb 16 November 1987 vol 122 cc384-5W
Mr. Tony Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make a decision about the immigration case involving Mr. M. B., Home Office reference B431103.

Mr. Renton

A decision on Mr. B's application to remain here with his wife was made on 27 October. He was given leave to remain until 7 October 1988.

Mr. Tony Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the current delays in interviewing people at the various immigration offices.

Mr. Renton

The available information is given in the table and shows the approximate period of time which has elapsed between the receipt of the file at the immigration office and the interviews currently taking place:

Port Office Entry Clearance Interviews Other Interviews
Aberdeen Airport 2 weeks 2 weeks
Avonmouth 2 months
Birmingham Airport 6 weeks 6 weeks
Cardiff 1 week 2 weeks
East Midlands Airport 6 weeks 6 months
Edinburgh 3 months
Felixstowe 2 months 2 months
Folkestone 6 weeks 6 weeks
Gatwick Airport 2 months 1 month
Glasgow 2 months 2 months
Gravesend 2 months 2 months
Hartlepool 2 months 2 months
Heathrow (Harmondsworth) Interview Unit 1 month 1 month
Intelligence Unit 6 months
Hull 2 months 2 months
Leeds/Bradford Airport 2 months 3–4 months
Liverpool 4 months 4 months
London (Isis House) 6 weeks 6 weeks
Luton 2 months 2 months
Manchester 3–4 months 3–4 months
Middlesbrough 2 months 2 months
Newcastle Airport 2 months 2 months
North Shields 2 months 2 months
Norwich 6 weeks 6 weeks
Plymouth 1 month 1 month
Sheerness 5 weeks
Southampton 2 months
Stanstead Airport 3 months 3 months

Files have not been sent to immigration offices during the peak summer months other than for urgent interviews. Additional staff resources have now been deployed at the ports to deal with the backlog of cases. Variations in waiting times reflect the concentrations of applications in particular areas.