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Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for each British post abroad which operates a pre-sift system for people applying for visit visas, how many people (a) were advised to withdraw their applications and (b) followed that advice in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003 up to the latest date for which figures are available. [104412]

We do not record the number of applicants who are advised to withdraw their application at the pre-assessment stage. To ask Posts to provide this information now would require them to carry out a manual search of their records. This could be done only at disproportionate cost. However, it is now our policy to minimise the use of pre-assessment.The number of applications actually withdrawn at Posts operating a pre-sift/assessment from 2001 is set out in the following table.

January 2001 to March 20011April 2001 to March 20022April to December 20023January 2003
Abidjan0000
Abu Dhabi243051650
Abuja10156900
Accra2,17612,1077,22423
Addis Ababa16622320
Algiers59001,2040
Almaty0000
Amman98756
Amsterdam1378123
Ankara300
Antananarivo00
Ascension/St. Helena40
Ashgabat00
Athens10301
Bahrain312960
Baku000
Bamako0
Bandar Seri Begawan000
Bangkok00520
Banjul3571,482992
Beirut0000
Belgrade551753214
Belompan0
Berlin000
Berne016
Bogota01,1812190
Bombay7677,58410,109281
Brasilia000
Bratislava08971460
Bridgetown000
Brussels0000
Bucharest6082,9641,80499
Budapest0000
Buenos Aires000
Cairo61112634
Calcutta769358200
Canberra0000
Caracas000
Casablanca8668993481
Chicago0070
Colombo89461160
Copenhagen915411317
Dakar18170
Damascus13789850619
Dar es Salaam9724464890
Dhaka1881,6686360
Doha000
Dubai34167267
Dublin0000
Dusseldorf17651851047
Ekaterinburg0000
Freetown000
Gaborone02
Geneva4039337825
Georgetown0000
Gibraltar40
Guangzhou0000
Guatemala City000
Hamilton40
January 2001 to March 20011April 2001 to March 20022April to December 20023January 2003
Hanoi000
Harare0000
Havana0000
Helsinki2400
Hong Kong0000
Honiara032
Islamabad4,00816,4663,824545
Istanbul0000
Jakarta0000
Jeddah0000
Jerusalem000
Kampala1201,9151,7170
Karachi3216,31630
Kathmandu001130
Khartoum0000
Kiev36144812
Kigali000
Kingston1338481220
Kinshasa000
Kuala Lumpur0000
Kuwait0000
La Paz626
Lagos903,2402,516316
Lahore4,411
Lilongwe025
Lima0193710
Lisbon000
Los Angeles4641,51797172
Luanda34000
Lusaka0028
Luxembourg00
Madras3901,430
Madrid56260222
Managua00
Manila1290
Maputo0
Maseru00
Mbabane00
Mexico City000
Minsk000
Montevideo00
Moscow000
Muscat0000
Nairobi00288
Nassau00
New Delhi2,07810,9027,881
New York000
Nicosia00619
Nuku Alofa0
Oslo31
Ottawa000
Panama City00
Paris5562,2005450
Peking6100
Port Louis000
Port Moresby0
Port of Spain000
Prague000
Pretoria000
Quito39132192
Rabat00
Rangoon47
Reykjavik00
Riga000
Rio de Janeiro00
Riyadh000
Rome00157
San Jose00
San Salvador0
Sana'a5315077
Santiago00
Santo Domingo000
Sarajevo103
Seoul00
Shanghai000
Singapore0000
Skopje003,940
Sofia02,266654
St. Petersburg000
Stanley40
Stockholm421140
January 2001 to March 20011April 2001 to March 20022January 2003
Suva0
Taipei000
Tallinn00
Tangier0
Tashkent000
Tbilisi000
Tegucigalpa00
Tehran3362,9441,935
Tel Aviv00
Tirana0800
Tokyo0010
Tripoli011765
Tunis119576174
Ulaan Baatar00
Valletta00
Victoria00
Vienna010
Vila01
Vilnius10
Warsaw000
Washington021
Wellington29107136
Windhoek00
Yaounde000
Yerevan00
Zagreb3111685
Total14,81790,79248,8221,704
Notes:
1 The January to March 2001 figures are based on the monthly statistical returns received from the 109 largest Entry Clearance posts. To answer this question for all 164 posts we would have to ask those additional posts to extract the information requested. As these posts tend to be the smaller posts it is unlikely that many of them will pre-sift applications.
2 The April 2001-March 2002 figures are based on annual financial year statistical reports received from all 166 Entry Clearance posts.
3 From April 2002 all Entry Clearance posts were required to send in monthly statistical returns. The figures provided for April to December 2002 are based on these returns.
4 These posts only complete annual returns.