HC Deb 07 March 2000 vol 345 c616W
Mr. McDonnell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's study of the potential for establishing consulate facilities within the Punjab. [113002]

Mr. Hain

Feasibility studies into the possibility of improving our services to visa applicants in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Sylhet and Lahore have been initiated by my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz). These studies are being carried out now by our Posts in the region. We expect the exercise to be completed by mid-year and the results assessed before the summer recess.

The exercise does not include a review of the consular services offered to British Citizens by existing offices in the region.