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Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 16 June (WA 200–1) stating that it is not possible to identify which category of leave-to-remain students from Pakistan applied after their student leave expired, whether they will introduce a data field in the relevant leave-to-remain statistics describing the type of United Kingdom entry visa originally issued in such cases. [HL6217]

We currently do not plan to add a data field to the relevant leave-to-remain database from which the statistics are derived, because we are exploring a different and more cost-effective means to extract the information via our new and sophisticated reporting tools.

Checking the current and previous immigration status of all persons applying for further and indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom is mandatory for UK Border Agency caseworkers because the applicant’s status will affect whether they are eligible to qualify for the category that they are applying for and whether their application carries a right of appeal. This information is noted and saved on the applicant’s Home Office file.

We are looking to link information sources to enable the report to be extracted. However, if this approach does not prove to be feasible, we will examine the business case for adding an extra data field and the options to achieve this end.