To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were waiting for special quota vouchers in (a) India, (b) east Africa and (c) the rest of the world in (i) May 1992 and (ii) December 1992; when those issued with vouchers on those dates had applied; how many vouchers were issued in (1) India, (2) east Africa and (3) the rest of the world in (A) 1992 and (B) the first quarter of 1993; when those applying now can expect to receive vouchers; and how many applicants there were for vouchers in (v) India, (w) east Africa and (x) the rest of the world in (y) 1992 and (z) the first half of 1993.
The information which is currently available is given in the tables.
|Table 1. Persons applying for a special voucher for entry to the United Kingdom|
|Application newly received1||Vouchers issued||Applications awaiting a decision at end of|
|Country||1992||1993 1st quarter||1992||1993 1st quarter||Quarter 2 1992||Quarter 4 1992|
|Rest of the world||10||—||10||2—||—||2—|
|1 Including applications subsequently withdrawn or lapsed. Figures rounded to nearest ten.|
|2 Fewer than five.|
|Table 2. Waiting times for persons applying for a special voucher|
|Waiting time to main interview for Persons interviewed at end of||Persons applying at end of|
|Country||Quarter 2 1992||Quarter 4 1992||Quarter 1 1993||1Quarter 1 1993|
|Rest of the world||—||—||—||—|
|1 Data relates to expected waiting time.|
|2 Data relates to non-priority applicants. Priority applicants—widows with child in United Kingdom, heads of household aged 65 or over and compassionate cases—are interviewed within three months.|
|n/a = Not available.|