Mackinlay’s Still Asking The Questions

THE GENERAL Election may only be a few months away but there is no indication that Andrew Mackinlay is slowing down at all. Each day, from the floor of the House, Mr Mackinlay continues to ask those difficult questions but also be the voice of his constituents in Thurrock.

This entry may be rather dry and not mean much to most people but to a particular constituent and the principles of democracy, he shall be missed.

Question: Andrew Mackinlay: “To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the delay by the UK Border Agency in determining the case of a constituent of the hon. Member for Thurrock, reference N11 0518-CRTL5 included in the Agency’s backlog of older cases; and how many other cases are to be determined by the Agency prior to this case.”

Answer: Phil Woolas (Minister of State (the North West), Home Office; Oldham East & Saddleworth, Labour)
holding answer 10 December 2009

The UK Border Agency wrote to my hon. Friend in relation to his constituent’s case on 6 January 2010. With regards to case conclusion timeframes, the Case Resolution Directorate (CRD) will give priority to cases that may pose a risk to the public, those that can be easily removed or given status and those receiving support at the taxpayer’s expense. I can also confirm that the CRD is fully committed to considering all unresolved cases by summer 2011 and is on track to do so.

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