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Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding applications for (a) registration and (b) naturalisation are awaiting

Citizenship applications outstanding in caseworking groups
December 1987n/an/a55,374
March 198845,72328,67474,397
June 1988n/an/a79,143
September 1988n/an/a95,971
December 1988n/an/a119,276
March 198984,43841,154125,592
June 198986,45252,318138,770
September 198970,85863,877134,735
December 198955,23964,930120,169
March 199038,83265,050103,882
May 199033,75564,27398,028
n/a = not availableThe average processing times for cases completed in May 1990 was 24 months for registrations and 29 months for naturalisations. We aim to reduce these waiting times as soon as practicable.