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Immigration

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications by persons of independent means had been dealt with by the immigration and nationality department in 1997, as at 1 October. [14240]

The information requested is given in the table.

Persons of independent means1 1 January to 30 September 1997
Number of persons2
Given leave to enter the country50
After-entry application for an extension of stay dealt with3220
1The requirement restricting persons of independent means to those who are at least 60 years old was introduced on 1 October 1994, but extant cases were not affected.
2Figures are provisional.
3Including persons of independent means seeking an extension of stay in another category or seeking settlement, and other persons seeking an extension of stay as a retired person of independent means.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the backlog of cases for each of the immigration and nationality directorate's divisions on 1 October. [14242]

The information requested is given in the table.

Cases outstanding1 in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at 1 October 1997
Number2 of cases
After Entry and Appeals Directorate317,000
Asylum Directorate452,500
European Directorate3,900
Nationality Directorate73,000
Immigration Service Enforcement Directorate524,000
Finance and Services Directorate66,100
1Includes unactioned cases and work in progress.
2Rounded to the nearest hundred.
3Includes referred entry clearance applications and appeals awaiting preparation of statements.
4Cases awaiting an initial decision and asylum appeals awaiting validation and preparation.
5Excluding cases where illegal entry papers have been served but there is an outstanding asylum application/appeal; these cases are included in the Asylum Directorate figure.
6Items of correspondence (mainly passports, letters and new applications being sorted and allocated to caseworkers).

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what, at 1 October, was the average waiting time for consideration of applications for each of the divisions of the immigration and nationality directorate. [14223]

The available information is given in the table.

Average waiting time from receipt of application to decision for applications decided in the immigration and nationality directorate on 1 October 1997
Months
After entry and appeals directorate14
Asylum directorate2:
Pre-1993 Act applications55
Post-1993 Act applications13
European directorate3:
Residence permits:
11 per cent. within1
35 per cent. within2
67 per cent. within6
Average waiting time from receipt of application to decision for applications decided in the immigration and nationality directorate on 1 October 1997
Months
Residence documents:
6 per cent. within1
19 per cent. within2
43 per cent. within6
Nationality directorate:
Naturalisations17
Independent registrations46
Right of abode5
1Data relate to the third quarter of 1997.
2Data relate to the six months March to August 1997.
3Data relate to cases dealt with in September 1997.
4Registration not dependent upon a parent's application for naturalisation.