§ Mr. Leighton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Government are taking on asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
[holding answer 23 April 1991]: In view of the increase in the number of people coming to the United Kingdom to seek asylum, the Government have been reviewing arrangements for dealing with asylum seekers. On 26 March, at columns 347–48, I announced the introduction of a visa requirement for Ugandan nationals, who account for a significant proportion of asylum applicants in the United Kingdom. On 26 April, at column 566, my right hon. Friend announced a nearly fivefold increase in staff resources for asylum determination and commensurate increase in other parts of the asylum system. The review is continuing and further announcements will be made as necessary.