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Lord Dholakia: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, I have put to him specific questions about the number of applications he envisages receiving from overstayers, what will be the time factor, and further questions in relation to those who have made an application before 1st February. Why do they need to make a further application under these regulations? However, perhaps the Minister would prefer to read

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Hansard tomorrow and send me the appropriate answers. That will enable me to deal with any further matters at a later stage.

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord. Obviously some parts of the information the noble Lord seeks are more readily to hand than are other parts. The question of the number of overstayers is difficult to calculate because people

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do not necessarily declare themselves as such. Those figures and statistics are not easy to gather. However, I shall be more than happy to study Hansard and take up with more precision the points raised by the noble Lord.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

        House adjourned at twenty-six minutes past six o'clock.


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