§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average length of time taken to process applications for(a) registration and (b) naturalisation; and how long those applying in both of those categories in December 1991 can expect to wait.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
[holding answer 13 July 1992]: The average time taken in June 1992 to grant applications for registration and naturalisation was 15 and 27 months respectively.
Those who applied in December 1991 for registration can expect on average to wait nine months for a decision and for naturalisation between 15 and 18 months.