§ Mrs. Mahon
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give for the different parts of the Indian subcontinent the latest information he has on the length of time from application for entry clearance to first interview for those now being interviewed, and the expected time for those applying now for(a) fiancés, (b) husbands, (c) wives and (d) dependent children.
§ Mr. Eggar
As at 31 May 1989 waiting times (in months) for first interview at posts in the Indian subcontinent were as follows: 7W
Wives and children with right of abode (Q1) Other, husbands, wives and dependant children (Q2) Fiancé(e)s (Q3) (a) (e) (a) (e) (a) (e) Bombay 2 2 6 6 9 9 Delhi 0 0 4 4 5 6 Dhaka 3 3 6 6 6 6 Islamabad 3 3 10 10 16 16 Karachi 1 1 2 2 2 2 (a) Actual time those interviewed in May 1989 waited. (e) Estimated time to interview for applications lodged in May.
There are no queues in Calcutta and Madras.