VAT and FRS registration delays?

A practitioner contact has been complaining that some recent VAT and FRS registration  applications have taken up to 12 weeks.  Has anyone else been experiencing delays like this?
  • Sadly a similar experience for us. Electronic applications had made VAT registration much quicker but in the last 3 months all our applications (4) have been more than a month and one still unresolved at nearly 6 weeks.

    Frustratingly HMRC have said that we should not contact them again until 6 weeks have passed, but can't provide any reason for the delay. An option to tax so should be as straightforward as they come..