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Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 803W, on Pakistan, how many people from Pakistan have applied for a visit visa in a third country since the visa section in Islamabad was unable to accept applications; how many were successful; how many people from Pakistan have sought prior agreement for a visit visa from a mission in a third country; by what means they may seek such prior agreement; and if he will make a statement. [121599]

We do not hold statistics on the number of Pakistani nationals who have applied for visit visas in third countries since the restricted visa service in Islamabad began. Gathering this information would incur disproportionate costs.Visitor visas can be applied for at any of our 164 visa issuing posts. However, applicants are advised to contact the embassy or High Commission at which they wish to apply before travelling to ensure that their application can be accepted.

Applicants can contact any visa issuing post by fax, telephone or e-mail. Contact details can be found on the UK visas website at