HC Deb 01 November 1994 vol 248 cc1063-4W
Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum have been determined since the passage of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993; in how many cases the applicant has been allowed to stay in the United Kingdom, how many principal applicants were successful; and how many dependants they had.

Mr. Nicholas Baker

Information on decisions made since the implementation of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993–1 August 1993 to 30 September 1994—and the estimated number of dependants accompanying these decided cases is given in the table.

Decisions1 on applications received for asylum in the United Kingdom, and dependants, August 1993 to September 1994
Decisions made in August 1993-September 1994
Total decision made on Principal applications for asylum2 24,665
-dependants accompanying cases decided3 7,565
Cases recognised as a refugee and granted asylum2 845
-dependants accompanying cases granted asylum3 600
Cases not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain2 3,330
-dependants accompanying cases granted exceptional leave to remain3 1,620
Cases refused asylum and exceptional leave after full consideration2 19,890
-dependants accompanying cases refused asylum and exceptional leave3 5,345
1 Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.
2 Exclude dependants.
3 Information on dependants is of those applying with the Principal applicant or arriving subsequently, before the principal application was decided. Information excludes dependants who arrive after the principal decision.
4Including refusals on the grounds that the applicant had arrived from a safe third country anf refusals under para 180F of the Immigration Rules for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period.

Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum are still outstanding after(a) four years, (b) five years and (c) six years; and if he will make a statement.

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Mr. Howard

The available information is as follows:

Mr. Nicholas Baker

At 30 September 1994—the latest date for which the information is available—by the estimated number of asylum applications outstanding was 52,760. Information on the number of these cases waiting longer than four, five, or six years is not available.

Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the processing period of asylum applications at the present time.

Mr. Nicholas Baker

The estimated average length of time between the receipt of an asylum application and the decision, for cases decided on application for asylum received since the introduction of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993–26 July 1993 to 30 September 1994—was 4.7 months.

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