§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many short stay visas were issued last year; and what were the figures for the 10 main countries of origin.
§ Mr. Baldry
In 1993, 609,297 single entry visit visas, and 12,230 short term multiple entry visas, valid for six months, were issued to people seeking to make visits of six months or less.
The top countries where these visas were issued—not all were to nationals of the country concerned—were as follows:
Country Number of applications issued India 60,153 Russia 58,277 USA 39,589 Pakistan 36,647 Turkey 36,227 Thailand 30,606 Nigeria 24,470 Iran 16,835 China 15,687
The British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei also processed 51,264 applications during 1993.