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Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Warley of 5 September on behalf of Mr. Kumar of Capethorn Road, Smethwick. (113113)

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) wrote to the hon. Member for Warley on 22 December 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken by the forgery unit of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to resolve a case was in the latest period for which figures are available. (112728)

The IND intelligence service national document fraud unit (NDFU) is responsible for conducting examinations of suspect travel documents for the immigration and nationality directorate. Those requiring urgent witness statements for court proceedings are processed within 24 hours others within five working days. Where a statement is challenged by the defence in a court case, a full expert statement is provided within 10 days. All other requests for travel document examination are processed within 28 days.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the forgery unit of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are working on. (112729)

I am advised that in an average month, the IND intelligence service national document fraud unit, which is responsible for suspect document examination in the immigration and nationality directorate, will conduct between 1,300 to 1,500 examinations. In November 2006, 1,432 document examinations were conducted.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged document cases at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are unsolved. (112735)

The national document fraud unit is the principal unit responsible for the examination of suspect travel documents in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and undertakes examinations on a rolling basis as detailed in the answer provided to the hon. Member (parliamentary question 112728). As such, there are no unsolved cases.