Skip to main content

British Nationality: Assessments

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tests have been carried out at each of the accredited Life in the UK test centres in the Greater London area. (233687)

[holding answer 6 November 2008]: The following table shows how many Life in the UK tests were taken in each accredited centre in the Government region of London.

Tests taken: November 2005 to September 2008

Centre name

Number of tests

ABAAS Forest Gate

1,896

TBG Tower Hamlets

12,435

Anglo-British Academy of Advance Studies

12,567

Deltaclub Group

11,301

The Learning Line

11,527

Intech Centre

6,757

Southgate College

7,992

Best Computer Training—Whitechapel

6,371

Tottenham Learning Zone

16,475

HALS Wood Green Library

2,669

Exchange Group—Willesden

7,375

Akshar IT Centre

12,565

TBG Camden

3,260

The Sunrise Academy

16,018

PDA (Training) Ltd.

12,316

London Community College

10,668

Greenwich Community College

3,370

Next Education Limited

8,969

Exchange Group—Wimbledon

7,998

A4e Westminster

20,025

Iranian Association

8,299

Exchange Group—Kensington

9,686

Orpington Learndirect Centre

3,764

Learning Curves

13,453

Exchange Group—Ilford

7,379

Harrow College Adult Learners Centre

11,169

Exchange Group—Morden

1,963

Computer Learning Centre

6,890

Training and Assessment Services

11,968

E-Link

10,146

Note:

Data supplied by University for Industry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason it is proposed to reduce the number of Life in the UK test centres in the Greater London area. (233688)

[holding answer 6 November 2008]: The Life in the UK testing service is provided to UKBA by the University for Industry (Ufi) via a commercial contract. Contractually Ufi are required to maintain a minimum network of 28 test centres in the Government Region of London. As at 31 October there were 30 test centres.

The number and location of test centres is under constant review by Ufi and they have put a proposal to UKBA to reduce the minimum number of centres required in London to 21. UKBA is still considering the proposal and a decision is expected by the end of November.

Ufi are seeking to reduce the network as the number of tests taken has reduced from a peak of 43,000 in June 2007 to an average of 19,000 per month for the quarter ending September 2008.