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Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have (a) taken and (b) passed the Life in the UK test since November 2005; and how many in each category have been refused citizenship. (138875)

The number of Life in the UK tests taken between 1 November 2005 and 30 April 2007 is 270,149. Of those, 184,798 were passed (68.4 per cent.). Information relating to the number of people who took the test and then were refused citizenship could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost. The Life in the UK test is only one of the ways of satisfying the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement and applications may be refused for other reasons.