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Immigration (Dna Tests)

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA tests to prove a family relationship for immigration purposes have been carried out under the Home Office-funded scheme during (a) 1992 and (b) the first quarter of 1993, listed by country of origin; what was the average waiting period for the test and for its results; and in how many of those tests the family relationships were proved to be as claimed by the applicants.

The available information for 1992 and the first quarter 1993 is given in the table.The average waiting time from the taking of a blood sample to a decision being made on the result of a DNA test is six to eight weeks.

(a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused in relation to nationals of (i) India, (ii) Bangladesh, (iii) Pakistan, (iv) Australia, (v) Canada, (vi) Ghana, (vii) Nigeria, (viii) Malaysia and (ix) in total, during 1992 and 1993.

Working holidaymaker variation of leave decisions, excluding dependants

1992

1993 Quarter 1

Citizens of

Grants

Refusals

Grants

Refusals

All countries11,4107902,600230
of which:
India280307010
Bangladesh1401040

1

Pakistan5405011010
Australia2,1202050010
Canada270

1

50

1

Ghana1,1409022020
Nigeria1,65028024060
Malaysia7504014010

1— Five or fewer.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for entry clearance as working holidaymakers have been (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused in (i) India, (ii) Bangladesh, (iii) Pakistan, (iv) Australia, (v) Canada, (vi) Ghana, (vii) Nigeria and (viii) Malaysia, during 1992 and 1993.