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Entry Clearances

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for an EEA Permanent Residence Card were undetermined at the latest date for which figures are available. (266349)

As of 6 May 2009 the number of applications for an EEA Permanent Residence Card which were undetermined was 6,290.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken is between the receipt of an application for an EEA Permanent Residence Card and the issuing of such a card to successful applicants in the latest period for which information is available. (266350)

Based on the applications decided over the preceding 12 month period, the average time elapsed from receipt of an application for an EEA Permanent Residence Card and the issuing of such a card to successful applicants was eight months.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time is for applications to the UK Border Agency for (a) registration certificates to EEA nationals and (b) residence cards to non-EEA family members of EEA residents; and if she will make a statement. (266504)

Based on the applications decided over the preceding 12 month period, as of 6 May 2009 the average time taken by the UK Border Agency to issue Registration Certificates to EEA nationals was four months. The average time taken to issue Residence Cards to non-EEA family members of EEA residents was eight months.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which individuals have been prohibited from entering the United Kingdom since June 2007; what the reasons for the prohibitions applied were; and if she will make a statement. (274762)

The information is as follows:

(a) A non-British national can be excluded (prohibited) from entering the UK if their presence here is not considered to be conducive to the public good. On 28 October 2008, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary introduced a presumption that it would be in the public interest to disclose the names of individuals excluded from the UK on grounds of unacceptable behaviour from that date onwards. On 5 May 2009, the UK Border Agency published a list of 16 individuals who have been excluded since last October 2008. Further names will be published on a regular basis where it is considered to be in the public interest to do so.

(b) Since June 2007 the organisations known as Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh and Tehrik Nefaz-e Shari'at Muhammadi have been added to the list of those proscribed by Order under the Terrorism Act 2000. In addition, the entry on the proscribed list for the Hizballah External Security Organisation was substituted in July 2008 by the following entry:

“The military wing of Hizballah, including the Jihad Council and all units reporting to it (including the Hizballah External Security Organisation)”.

Reasons for the proscriptions are provided on the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism website at the following address:

http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/legislation/current legislation/terrorismact2000/proscribedgroups

Proscription creates a number of criminal offences relating to membership and support of the organisations concerned. Additionally, it is the policy of the UK Border Agency that individuals who are members of proscribed organisations should be excluded from entering the UK.