HC Deb 11 February 1998 vol 306 cc247-8W
Mr. Malin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the percentage refusal rate by entry clearance officers for the last period for which records have been kept for(a) visitors, (b) spouses/fiance(e)s,(c) dependent relatives and (d) businessmen applying to enter the United Kingdom for the posts of (i) Dhaka, (ii) Islamabad, (iii) Lagos, (iv) Sydney and (v) Toronto. [28654]

Mr. Fatchett

Sydney and Toronto do not provide an entry clearance service and figures are therefore shown for Canberra and Ottawa. In 1997, the percentage refusal rate for(a) visitors, (b) spouses/fiance(e)s and (c) dependant relatives applying for entry clearance to the UK for the Posts listed was:

Post (a) Visitors (b) Spouses/fiance(e)s (c) dependent relatives
Dhaka 26.8 23.7 14
Islamabad 20.3 n/a n/a
Lagos 20.8 16.4 16.4
Canberra 0.1 0.01 0
Ottawa 0.61 0.02 0.006

Records differentiating between "visitors" and "business visitors" are not maintained. Lagos do not record refusals of (b) and (c) separately.

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