HC Deb 07 December 1995 vol 268 c356W
Mr. Kaufman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out for each of the last 10 years for which information is available(a) according to country of origin the number of applications for asylum from those seeking to enter the United Kingdom from abroad together with the number accepted and (b) the number of applications for asylum from those already in the United Kingdom together with the number accepted. [4516]

Mr. Kirkhope

Information on the number of asylum applications made and decisions taken, by location of application, for the years 1992 to 1994, is given in tables 4.1 to 4.3 of Home Office statistical bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1994" issue 15/95. Similar information on asylum applications for the years 1998 to 1991 is given in table 2.2 of issues 13/93 and 12/92 of the same publication. Copies of all issues of this bulletin are available in the Library. An equivalent breakdown of decisions prior to 1992 is not available.

Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers appealed against the initial decision on their claims in 1994; and what percentage of the total of those whose claims were initially rejected this represented. [4236]

Mr. Kirkhope

In 1994, there were 16,500 initial decisions to refuse asylum. During the same year, 10,580 appeals against the refusal of asylum were lodged with the Home Office. However, some of these appeals will have been made against decisions which were taken at the end of 1993 and some of those applications who were refused may have exercised more than one right of appeal. For these reasons, an accurate appeal rate cannot he calculated.