HC Deb 25 November 1996 vol 286 c79W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those administrative decisions of his Department affecting(a) United Kingdom citizens and (b) non-citizens where there is no right of appeal. [6026]

Dr. Liam Fox

It is unclear precisely how the hon. Member defines administrative decisions and it would incur disproportionate cost to list all administrative decisions taken.

The introduction of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 resulted in the withdrawal of the statutory right of appeal for foreign nationals applying for most categories of short-term entry clearance—that is, a stay of six months or less. Administrative decisions in such cases can be reviewed in the courts.

British passports are issued under the royal prerogative and there is no statutory right of appeal in administrative decisions relating to their grant or refusal. Such decisions can, however, be reviewed by the courts.

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