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Immigration

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the backlog of immigration cases in each category for October.

The number of outstanding cases relates to casework in B1 division in the immigration and nationality department and is as follows:

Outstanding Cases—October
Number
General Immigration Casework1220,910
Asylum and Related Casework1329,936
1 Does not include applications received in the Department but which await allocation to caseworkers.
2 Includes referred entry clearance applications, and enquiries submitted by letter, as well as variation of leave cases. Includes both general and Eastern European casework (the latter was absorbed into general casework in July 1990).
3 These figures are a total of all work outstanding in the Refugee Unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State has visited (a) Lunar house and (b) the Liverpool passport office.

I have paid three visits to Lunar house and one to Liverpool passport office since November 1989.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports are held at (a) Lunar house and (b) the Liverpool passport office.

I regret that the information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.