HC Deb 03 November 1998 vol 318 c537W
Mr. Forth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase payments to local authorities in London which have to meet the cost of accommodating asylum seekers and their children. [57897]

Mr. Hutton

We have set out our plans to change the cumbersome immigration and asylum process we inherited from the previous Government in the White Paper "Fairer, Faster and Firmer—A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum". We are considering how to improve the support grants for local authorities in the transitional period, and will announce the terms of the grants later this year.