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Immigration

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas have been issued in (a) Ghana, (b) Bangladesh, (c) India, (d) Pakistan and (e) Nigeria since the scheme began; and how many of these were issued without an interview.

The information available centrally, which does not include separate figures on those visas granted without interview, is given in the following table:

Applications granted for visas to the United Kingdom1
Number of persons
Ghana
1986 October2 to December2,890
1987 January, February1,260
Bangladesh
1986 October3 to December2,920
1987 January to March2,610
India
1986 October3 to December20,130
1987 January to March16,570
Pakistan
1986 October3 to December11,540
1987 January to March10,530
Nigeria
1987 February42,600
1 For settlement or temporary purposes.
2 Including applications granted for entry clearance in the period 1 to 22 October 1986.
3 Including applications granted for entry clearance in the period 1 to 14 October 1986.
4 Provisional figure.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of the immigration status on arrival in the United Kingdom of all those (a) granted refugee status on asylum and (b) refused it over the latest 12-month period.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. and learned Friend gave to a question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Raison) on 16 March, at column 360. The hon. Member may like to know that the annual statistical bulletin on refugee statistics for the calendar year 1986 is being published on 19 May.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) visitors and (b) business

Ordinary visitors and business visitors admitted to the United Kingdom between October 1986 and January 1987
Number
NationalityOctober 1986November 1986December 1986January 1987
Ordinary visitorsBusiness visitorsOrdinary visitorsBusiness visitorsOrdinary visitorsBusiness visitorsOrdinary visitorsBusiness visitors
Bangladesh85017050015051011040090
Ghana1,290570810570970370680460
India8,5202,7805,4502,4904,7301,4803,7301,950
Nigeria5,6703,3303,4802,8204,4001,8203,5001,850
Pakistan4,3401,0502,6109303,0906902,130780

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (i) visitors and (ii) business visitors (a) applied for visas, (b) were granted visas, (c) were refused visas and (d) had their applications referred for further consideration at each of the British posts in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ghana for each month since October 1986.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) on 22 April 1987 at columns 521–29. Separate information for ordinary visitors and business visitors is not available. The other information requested which is available centrally is given in the following table.

Applications for a visit visa to the United Kingdom
Number of persons
Applications
1Newly received2GrantedRefused initially3Deferred
Dhaka
1987 March68049016030
Bombay
1987 March3,0802,8305020
New Delhi
1987 March2,7302,23021060
Calcutta
1986 October4500500+10
November350340++
December260250-10
1987 January270270+-
February290280+20
March480470+10
Madras
1986 October4590580+10
November4504201010
December32029010+
1987 January310300++
February42038010+
March85081020-
Islamabad
1987 March2,6501,980250190
Karachi
1987 March1,8701,70018040

visitors were admitted to the United Kingdom from (i) India, (ii) Bangladesh, (iii) Pakistan, (iv) Ghana and (v) Nigeria in each month since October 1986.

The latest available information is given in the following table:

Applications
1 Newly received2 GrantedRefused initially3Deferred
Kaduna
1987 March1,7801,60040..
Accra
1987 February880580220..
..Not available. +5 or fewer.
1 Including applications subsequently withdrawn.
2 Including applications granted on appeal.
3 Including applications referred to the Home Office for decision.
4 Including applications for entry clearance in the period 1 to 14 October 1986.