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Entry Clearances

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the visa enquiry section of the British Consulate in Cairo plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West of 11 June 2009 on Manal Mohmed Abdalla. (282941)

Visa staff at our visa section in Cairo have no record of receiving a letter from the hon. Member concerning Miss Abdalla. The only letter from the hon. Member visa staff have seen was part of an appeal bundle received from the applicant, addressed to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in the UK. The AIT is independent of the UK Border Agency and handles its own correspondence.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what explanation his Department has received from the British High Commission in Delhi on its refusal to issue a visa to Harvinder Singh Bhandal, ref 2572710; and whether his Department has issued further guidance to the High Commission on this case subsequent to the initial approval of the application. (284306)

[holding answer 3 July 2009]: I have seen the reasons for refusal as set out in the refusal notice, which in my view is comprehensive.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the decision to refuse entry clearance to Mr McDonald Adolphus Lewis, ref GV100/145918; and if he will make a statement. (285664)

I regret to inform the hon. Member that any information contained in applications to the Home Office is treated as being confidential and is not normally disclosed to third parties. This is, of course, unless they are authorised representatives of the applicant. I hope that you will understand that this is not a question of secrecy for its own sake, but simply a matter of protecting the privacy of the individual.

My Department is writing in confidence separately to the hon. Member.