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Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the cost of dealing with a genuine application for immigration into the United Kingdom from Bangladesh (a) where DNA fingerprinting is used to verify the genuineness of the application, and (b) where only existing administrative techniques are used; and if he will make a statement.

The cost of commercial DNA testing is met by those who initiate it. The time taken to process cases, whether or not DNA testing is involved, varies considerably from case to case. For this reason costs are not broken down as to type of application or on an individual basis.