asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current average time applications for grant under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 are with his Department.
In normal circumstances, a decision can be taken on a straightforward application which is accompanied by appropriate supporting information within about three months. Currently, however, the Department is engaged on a review of all posts approved for section 11 grant under the arrangements in force before 1 January 1983 to see if they meet current criteria. In consequence, new applications have been taking somewhat longer to process. A survey of the 51 applications on which a decision was taken between 1 February and 19 April 1985 shows that the average time taken to reach a decision in those cases was six and a half months.