§ Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to enter the United Kingdom for temporary purposes have been made in each year since 1992; how many have been refused; and if he will list the refusal rate for each year expressed as a percentage of the whole. 
§ Mr. Kirkhope
The information requested is given in the following table.
Applications for entry clearance for temporary purposes, United Kingdom 1992–94 Numbers and percentages 1992 1993 1994 New applications 903,020 955,440 1,086,940 Granted1 803,520 861,810 980,600 Initial refusals 67,830 60,100 64,420 Initial refusal rate2 7.8 per cent. 6.5 per cent. 6.2 per cent. 1 Includes granted initially and granted on appeal. 2 Calculated as the number of initial refusals as a proportion of total decisions.