§ Mr. Malins
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many immigration appeals were heard by the Immigration Appellate Authority in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many of those were heard(a) within six months of and (b) over 12 months after the application was refused; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Lammy
From the 1 October 2002 to the 30 September 2003 there have been 9,727 substantive Immigration hearings within the Immigration Appellate Authority. For the same period of time there have been 12,530 Family Visit Visa hearings (either oral or on48WS papers). The Immigration Appellate Authority does not hold information on the length of time from the Immigration application being refused to a substantive appeal being heard.