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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a breakdown of the number of family visit visa applications (a) received, (b) determined, (c) allowed and (d) refused by each entry clearance post since 2 October. [142088]

Mr. Vaz: The breakdown that follows covers information received from the largest 100 entry clearance Posts which submit monthly statistical returns. I regret that the information for the remaining 64 small Posts is not available centrally. Some of the figures need to be checked with the Posts concerned. When this has been done, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Libraries of the House.

Family visit applications: October

PostReceivedDeterminedIssuedRefused
Abidjan1818180
Abu Dhabi0000
Abuja7373730
Accra(15)n/an/an/a378
Addis Ababa0000
Almaty1919190
Amman0000
Amsterdam0000
Ankara1616160
Bahrain15844
Baku1313121
Bandar S B4440
Bangkok28428425826
Banjul71867115
Beirut0000
Belgrade0000
Bogota44443311
Bombay624624501123
Bratislava7272720
Brussels3945396
Bucharest1221161160
Budapest0000
Cairo0000
Calcutta1101101091
Canberra0000
Casablanca8888808
Chicago0000
Colombo3838344
Copenhagen6969663
Damascus0000
Dar Es Salaam1111119714
Dhaka0000
Doha0000
Dubai92926527
Dublin580580
Dusseldorf0000
Ekaterinburg1212111
Geneva8377770
Georgetown3939336
Guangzhou0000
Hanoi131367
Harare0000
Havana0000
Hong Kong4343394
Islamabad0000
Istanbul1611611592
Jakarta0000
Jedda2020146
Jerusalem0000
Kampala55552728
Karachi0000
Kathmandu0000
Khartoum0000
Kiev0000
Kingston77775819
Kuala Lumpur0000
Kuwait0000
Lagos2,7852,7852,582203
Lima3434304
Los Angelesn/a101
Luanda0000
Lusaka5757552
Madras25125123516
Madrid4040400
Manila0000
Minsk1717170
Moscow2672672670
Muscat6262593
Nairobi0000
New Delhi932932574358
New York(15)n/a303
Nicosia19019018010
Oslo5151510
Ottawa3713713692
Paris(15)n/an/an/a4
Peking4242402
Port Louis0000
Port of Spain7761
Prague0000
Pretoria(15)n/an/an/a6
Quito1414131
Riga4440
Riyadh48483414
Rome5151492
Sana'a0000
Sarajevo0000
Shanghai29000
Singapore7725
Sofia0000
Sto Domingo4440
St. Petersburg7171710
Stockholm1221221220
Taipei0000
Tashkent1313130
Tbilisi0000
Tehran0000
Tel Aviv0000
Tirana0000
Tokyo0000
Tunis1121128329
Valletta0000
Vienna0000
Warsaw0000
Washington0000
Wellington0000
Yaounde8000
Zagreb1191191145

(15) Figures being queried. We recognise that the numbers of refusals and issues do not tally


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European Rapid Reaction Force

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with his American counterpart regarding the creation of a European rapid reaction force; and if he will make a statement. [141972]

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Mr. Vaz: Madeleine Albright and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed the European security and defence policy in the margins of the OSCE ministerial meeting on 25 November 2000. We set out our common vision in a joint article printed in

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The Observer on 26 November 2000. This made clear our support for improving European military capabilities so that Europe can make a more effective contribution to crisis management operations through NATO and the EU.