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Members: Correspondence

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letters of (a) 25 May 2007, (b) 25 July 2007 and (c) 4 September 2007 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare in relation to his constituent Mr. Ivor Chivers and his company Eco Solutions. (159073)

The hon. Member's letter of 25 May was received in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 29 May. The letter dealt with a subject on which the FCO does not lead and was therefore transferred to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR), previously the Department of Trade and Industry, on 30 May. I can confirm that DBERR are currently dealing with this letter and have also received the two follow-up letters. The official in DBERR dealing with the hon. Member's original letter can be contacted on 020 7215 6638.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department and the British high commission visa section in Islamabad will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 26 June 2007 and further faxes of 26 July 2007 and 22 August 2007 on his constituent Mr Zahida Mubarik. (158739)

The visa section of our high commission in Islamabad sent an e-mail to UKvisas regarding Ms Mubarik's application on 8 August 2007. Due to an administrative error both the visa section in Islamabad and UKvisas assumed that the other would reply to the hon. Member's representations. I apologise on behalf of UKvisas for the subsequent delay. You will receive a full written reply by the end of next week.

The information and evidence submitted with Ms Mubarik's appeal was reviewed by an entry clearance manager (ECM) on 27 September. However, despite new evidence being submitted, the decision to refuse Ms Mubarik's entry clearance was upheld. The ECM's explanatory statement has now been dispatched to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in preparation for Ms Mubarik's appeal hearing.