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The attached table shows the number of GCSE entries since 2005. The entries figures for French, German and Spanish for last three years have been rounded while validation checks are under way. The final figures will be available by April. Entry figures for Latin and ancient Greek are not currently available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.



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200720062005

French

189,700

209,800

244,800

German

75,800

84,800

99,200

Spanish

53,800

52,100

52,200

Italian

3,245

3,056

3,108

Arabic

1,929

1,597

1,448

Bengali

1,517

1,590

1,696

Chinese

2,159

1,827

1,973

Gujarati

1,054

1,025

986

Japanese

874

839

833

Modern Hebrew

376

412

372

Panjabi

1,147

928

1,027

Turkish

1,330

996

947

Urdu

5,466

5,322

5,478

Persian

398

338

286

Dutch

392

267

315

Modern Greek

494

463

432

Portuguese

983

617

728

Polish

972

205

325

Russian

1,556

1,464

1,396

Subject Access Requests

Lord Ashcroft asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development have no subject access requests that are out of time and awaiting an acknowledgement or an answer.

Transport: Vehicle Testing

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The commitment that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) made three years ago, when the 13 per cent increase in fees was agreed, to maintain the improvement to forward booking time performance in respect of timely appointments at vehicle testing stations has been delivered. VOSA’s booking time performance improved from 18 working days in 2005 to the latest figures from February 2008 of between three and 13 working days across the country.

Visas: Georgia

Lord Campbell-Savours asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The total number of visas issued to Georgian nationals from our embassy in Tbilisi in each of the last three years is provided below, with the number issued following an appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal shown in brackets:

2005—3,195 (including four issued following an appeal);

2006—3,722 (including six issued following an appeal); and

2007—4,172 (including three issued following an appeal).


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