HC Deb 16 November 1987 vol 122 c384W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals he has allowed to remain in the United Kingdom on the grounds that they faced execution if deported to Iraq; and how many Iraqi nationals he has deported to Iraq in each of the last five years.

Mr. Renton

The grounds on which a person might claim asylum are varied and it is not possible to identify the number of occasions on which a claim of threatened execution was a principal factor in the decision to allow an individual to remain in the United Kingdom. Information on the outcome of all applications for asylum from Iraqi nationals decided in each year from 1979 to 1986 is given in tables 2 to 4 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Refugee Statistics, United Kingdom, 1986" (Issue No. 13/87).

The numbers of Iraqi national, deported in each of the last five years were:

1982 5
1983 2
1984 2
1985 2
1986 1

Those deported had not necessarily applied for asylum. Information is not available on the country of destination of persons deported but it is normally the country of which the person is a national.

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