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Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the present number and current waiting time for interviews of (a) men and (b) women in (i) Bombay, (ii) New Delhi, (iii) Karachi and (iv) Islamabad, who are seeking entry visas to join either their wife or husband in the United Kingdom, as of 14 January.

As at 14 January, the numbers of husbands and wives waiting for a first interview for an entry clearance to join their spouses in the United Kingdom, together with the estimated waiting times in months, are:

(a) Husbands((b)WivesWaiting time
(i) Bombay732383
(ii) New Delhi801583
(iii) Karachi40412
(iv) Islamabad9786903
There is no difference in the waiting times for husbands and wives.