HC Deb 29 February 1996 vol 272 c630W
Mr. Macdonald

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to prepare a register of refugees and displaced persons from Bosnia-Herzegovina living in Britain and listed according to their religious or national background, their place of origin, gender and family connections; and if the Government have received a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide such a register. [17710]

Mr. Kirkhope

No formal request has been received from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees but when the UNHCR co-ordinator for former Yugoslavia briefed missions in Geneva recently, he said that accurate information was needed from countries of asylum on how many refugees and displaced persons they had; where they were from, where they wanted to return to, and when. This information is not available centrally and could be obtained only by contacting each person individually. We are considering the request.