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Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the average time taken to issue explanatory statements by entry clearance offices following receipt of an appeal or request to provide one.

The majority of posts are able to meet our targets of despatching settlement appeals to the appellate authorities within three months of the date of receipt and visit appeals within one month. Staffing levels are being increased at the few posts which, because of growing demand for visas, have been unable to meet these targets during the past year.