§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards the reduction of the time taken to deal with applications for section 11 funding; and what is the number of applications presently awaiting resolution.
§ Mr. John Patten
Over the period July 1988 to September 1989 the backlog of section 11 applications has been reduced from 1,400 posts to some 150.
At present the average time taken to process applications of all sizes has fallen to between three to four months.