HL Deb 21 July 1997 vol 581 cc139-40WA
Lord JuddK

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking to ensure that asylum policy in the United Kingdom fully accords with their determination to make human rights central to foreign policy.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office(Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The Government are determined to ensure that the United Kingdom's asylum policy is fully in keeping with its commitment to human rights both at home and abroad.

All asylum applications are assessed on their individual merits in accordance with the criteria set out in the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Those meeting the criteria for recognition as a refugee are granted asylum.

In addition, exceptional leave to remain may be granted in cases where a person does not qualify for asylum under the Convention but there are, nevertheless, compelling humanitarian reasons for not enforcing the removal of that person from the United Kingdom.

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