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Visas

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for visas to enter the UK in each of the last five years were made (a) in total and (b) at (i) Accra, (ii) Banjul, (iii) Harare, (iv) Karachi, (v) Kiev, (vi) Lagos, (vii) Madrid, (viii) Manila, (ix) Peking, (x) Quang Zhou, (xi) Rome and (xii) Shanghai. [113715]

LetterCountryPostTotal staffTotal visa staffLocally engaged staff
AZimbabweHarare60.94.23.1
BSomaliaMogadishu0.00.00.0
CAfghanistanKabul23.00.10.0
DIranTehran116.026.218.0
ETurkeyAnkara83.52.72.5
ETurkeyIstanbul113.334.023.3
FCongoKinshasa60.02.01.8
GSri LankaColombo107.814.610.0
HSerbia/MontenegroBelgrade77.36.04.0
HSerbia/MontenegroPristina43.01.01.0
IPakistanIslamabad387.6104.864.6
IPakistanKarachi91.028.019.0
IPakistanLahore0.00.00.0
IPakistanSylhet3.02.02.0
JIndiaChennai48.022.915.9
JIndiaKolkata49.06.04.1
JIndiaMumbai119.642.228.1
JIndiaNew Delhi348.461.246.0
KAlbaniaTirana34.03.82.5
LAlgeriaAlgiers66.77.56.4
MAngolaLuanda42.51.31.0
NBoliviaLaPaz40.10.40.3
OBrazilBrasilia132.40.30.2
OBrazilRio de Janeiro34.22.82.2
OBrazilSao Paulo42.80.00.0
PBulgariaSofia78.114.210.5
QChinaBeijing215.746.331.6
QChinaChongqing10.50.00.0
QChinaGuangzhou46.020.315.0
QChinaHong Kong160.87.26.1
QChinaShanghai49.213.79.7
RColombiaBogota99.611.98.2
SCroatiaZagreb50.810.78.1
TEgyptAlexandria13.60.50.5
TEgyptCairo161.012.510.0
UGhanaAccra193.548.632.5

All entry clearance issuing posts submit an annual statistical return. This information is collated in the Entry Clearance Annual Statistics booklet, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. This information is available for the years 1997 to 2002. We are currently collecting data for the year 2002–03 and this will be placed in the Library of the House when complete.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (a) how many staff are employed, (b) how many staff are employed in the visa section and (c) how many staff in each visa section are non-British nationals in Her Majesty's embassies, high commissions and posts in (A) Zimbabwe, (B) Somalia, (C) Afghanistan, (D) Iran, (E) Turkey, (F) Congo, (G) Sri Lanka, (H) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, (I) Pakistan, (J) India, (K) Albania, (L) Algeria, (M) Angola, (N) Bolivia, (O) Brazil, (P) Bulgaria, (Q) China, (R) Colombia, (S) Croatia, (T) Egypt, (U) Ghana, (V) Nigeria, (W) Jamaica, (X) Kenya, (Y) Morocco, (Z) Romania, (AA) Sweden and (BB) Czech Republic. [115226]

The information requested is set out in the following table, however, we hold no records centrally on local staff nationality and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We have therefore provided the total number of local staff in each visa section. The figures reflect staff year full time equivalents i.e. two officers working part time at 50 per cent. equals one full time officer.

Letter

Country

Post

Total staff

Total visa staff

Locally engaged staff

VNigeriaAbuja113.518.212.0
VNigeriaLagos261.371.946.9
WJamaicaKingston73.57.85.6
XKenyaNairobi140.713.27.9
YMoroccoCasablanca27.07.55.1
YMoroccoRabat32.30.40.3
YMoroccoTangier3.00.90.9
ZRomaniaBucharest84.213.59.8
AASwedenStockholm59.54.44.4
BBCzech repPrague71.02.51.8
4,068.5699.7482.6