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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.
How many subject access requests to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development are out of time and awaiting (a) an acknowledgement, and (b) an answer; and what is the longest time for which such a request has been awaiting (a) an acknowledgement, and (b) an answer. [HL2163]
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.
Whether the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has delivered the commitments made three
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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. VOSAs 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.
How many visa applications made to the embassy in Tbilisi by Georgian nationals for entry into the United Kingdom have been granted without appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in each of the last three years. [HL2357]
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:
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