HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 c422W
Mr. Coleman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what opportunity will be afforded to asylum seekers who have been able to demonstrate that they have been the victims of unscrupulous advisers to establish their claims without their case being prejudiced by the actions of those advisers. [67115]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Any representations made in support of asylum claims are considered, even if they are received after an initial decision has been taken. Consequently, it would be open to any asylum seeker who considered that they had been poorly advised to inform the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at any time. This information would be treated on its merits.

Mr. Coleman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of asylum application made between January 1985 and 1 July 1993 have been disposed of to date; and with what result. [67733]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The information is given in the table.

Asylum applications made between 1 January 1985 and 1 July 1993 by status as at the end of 19981
Case status as at 31 December 1998
Granted asylum 11%
Granted exceptional leave 43%
Refused after full consideration 28%
Refused on 3rd country grounds 1%
Paragraph 340 refusal2 17%
Total decisions3 125,800
Undecided3,4 6,600
Total applications3 132,400
1 Percentages are estimates, rounded to the nearest whole number, based on cases for which information is recorded.
2 Paragraph 340 of Immigration Rules. For failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period.
3 Rounded to the nearest 100, excluding dependants.
4 New estimate of the number of pre-July 1993 asylum applications that remain outstanding.