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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many family visit visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused in each month since 1 January. [117345]

The information requested is as follows:

Family visitor applications receivedFamily visitor applications determinedFamily visitor applications refused
The table shows the number of family visitor applications received, determined and refused at our visa issuing posts world wide for the period January to March 2003. The figures for April and May are currently being collated and are not yet available. Those family visitor applications which have been 'determined' are those which have been resolved, either refused or granted entry clearance.My hon. Friend may find apparent discrepancies in the figures—for example in February 16,972 applications were received but 18,207 applications were resolved. This can be caused by a variety of reasons. Applications can be carried forward from one year to another before being resolved. Applications may be withdrawn during processing (but still count as an application received). Posts are also required to count all applications received (a mother and three children on one passport may count as four applications but only one entry clearance may be issued).