§ Mr. Kaufman
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him, dated 11 September 2003, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. K. Qureshi. 
§ Mr. Mullin
A reply was sent to my right hon. Friend on 10 October 2003. I regret that because of significantly increased workloads at UKvisas, the department responsible for the entry clearance operation overseas, this reply was not sent within the usual deadline of seven working days.