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Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the average waiting time between being interviewed for the first time and being granted entry clearance for (a) wives, (b) husbands, (c) fiancées, and (d) fiancés from the Indian subcontinent.

All applicants who satisfy an entry clearance officer at their first interview that they qualify for entry clearance are granted it immediately. Where it is not possible to take a decision at the first interview, the additional time required depends on the nature and complexity of the further enquiries that have to be made. These times are not statistically recorded.