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Immigration Quota Vouchers

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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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 received1Vouchers issuedApplications awaiting a decision at end of
Country19921993 1st quarter19921993 1st quarterQuarter 2 1992Quarter 4 1992
India3205049070270200
Kenya2206020050550540
Tanzania2021026060
Malawi22222
Zambia202202210
Rest of the world101022
Total580120730130890820
1 Including applications subsequently withdrawn or lapsed.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
Months
Waiting time to main interview for Persons interviewed at end ofPersons applying at end of
CountryQuarter 2 1992Quarter 4 1992Quarter 1 19931Quarter 1 1993
India4·004·003·003·00
Kenyan/an/an/a2·00
Tanzania1·003·001·501·50
Malawi0·250·250·250·25
Zambia1·00n/an/an/a
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.