Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for a visa to visit family members in the UK were refused in each month since 1 October 2000.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Statistical information on the number of family visit applications refused on a monthly basis is only available from those posts that provide monthly statistical information (107 largest posts in 2000 and 110 in 2001). These figures are as follows:

Month Received Refused
October 11,850 2,022
November 14,334 1,897
December 12,470 1,283
January 13,612 2,276
February 16,182 1,775
March 20,811 4,205
April 22,486 3,978
May 32,143 5,177
June 32,168 5,610
July 36,866 5,870
August 28,820 5,129
September 15,737 3,225
Total 257,479 42,447

The remaining posts submit information on an annual basis, which is not broken down into months. To answer this question for all 165 posts we would have to ask those additional posts manually to extract the information requested. This could be done only at disproportionate cost.

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