§ Mr. Mudie
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appeals have been lodged since October 2000 by overseas visitors against refusal of visas; of these, how many have requested(a) oral and (b) written appeals; and what is the success rate in both categories. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
I have been asked to reply.
The Immigration Appellate Authority has received 4,040 family visit visa appeals in the period from 2 October 2000 to 31 October 2001. Of that total, 1,982 appeals were received for an oral hearing and 2,058 for a determination on the papers alone.
The success rate of appeals determined by an Adjudicator over the same period is as follows:Oral cases—73 per cent. SuccessfulPaper cases—38 per cent. successful.
The Immigration Appeal Tribunal (IAT), the higher tier of the Authority, has received 110 substantive appeals. Of these, 13 were for oral hearing and 97 for determination on the papers alone.
The success rate of appeals determined by the IAT is as follows:473WOral cases—75 per cent.Paper cases—81 per cent.