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Steel Dispute (Picketing)

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pickets have been arrested to date in England and Wales in the steel strike.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pickets have been arrested since the steel strike commenced; how many charges have been made and of what kind; and what sentences have been awarded.

136 arrests have been made up to 9 February. The rest of the information requested is not available centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.

19751976197719781979
For naturalisation4,3883,9453,8896,2165,812
For registration34,75430,97028,50231,79442,766

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average waiting period for dealing with applications for (a) registration and (b) naturalisation over the past five years to the latest available date; and if he will make a statement.

The average times taken to deal with applications for naturalisation were:

197516 months
197618 months
197719 months
197821 months
197925 months
Applications for registration are of different types, some needing more inquiries and consideration than others. Some can be completed within three or four months but others require considerably longer. The current average time taken to deal with all types of applications for registration is approximately 12 months. Comparable figures for previous years are not available.The staff of the nationality division is being increased in view of the delays in dealing with applications for naturalisation and registration but the need to contain public expenditure limits what can be done.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of applications for (a) registration and (b) naturalisation outstanding at the latest available date.