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Foreign Visitors

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children have been refused visas to visit the United Kingdom since the introduction of visa control on five countries in October 1986; and if he will set out his answer in tabular form for each of the five countries;(2) how many

(a) men, (b) women and (c) children have been granted visas to visit the United Kingdom from the five countries which became subject to visa control in October 1986, listed in tabular form; in how many cases, in each category shown above, applications were made to

extend visits; and in how many cases such extensions were for (a) a month, (b) two months, (c) three months, (d) four months, (e) five months and (f) six months or more.

[holding answer 8 December 1987]: Information on applications for a visa to visit the United Kingdom is given in the following table; separate information on men, women and children is not available centrally. The information available on persons applying for an extension of stay as a visitor cannot comprehensively identify all those applicants who were originally admitted with a visit visa or after the introduction of the visa requirement.

Persons applying for a visa to visit the United Kingdom
Number of persons
Applications Granted1Refused initially
Bangladesh
October 19862 to September 19876,7301,940
India
October 19862 to September 198792,0804,360
Pakistan
October 19862 to September 198748,8506,200
Ghana
October 19863 to September 19879,3502,350
Nigeria
February4 to September 198734,8002,530
1 Including applications granted on appeal.
2 Including applications for entry clearance in the period 1 to 14 October.
3 Including applications for entry clearance in the period 1 to 22 October.
4 Data are not available prior to 1 February 1987, when the visa requirement for Nigerians was introduced.