House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the process of issuing visas for nationals of Middle East countries and the location where they are issued.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The UK Border Agency keeps its visa operations in all locations including the Middle East under review to ensure that they are effective, efficient and offer value to both applicants and taxpayers. The agency aims to ensure that its staff overseas are not exposed to unnecessary and avoidable risks. In recent years we have made a number of changes to processes to enable both faster and safer issuing of visas.

The agency will continue to review the processes it uses as it seeks to make efficiencies in its visa operation.

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