HL Deb 15 July 1999 vol 604 cc59-60WA
Lord Alton of Liverpool

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many personnel will be required to administer the voucher system envisaged in the Immigration and Asylum Bill; and how many asylum applications could these personnel process in the course of an average year if they were deployed for that purpose. [HL3601]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

It is not certain at present how many personnel will be required solely to administer the voucher system. It is intended that the administration of the voucher scheme will be contracted out and contractual negotiations will take place during the Autumn. A small number of staff in the Asylum Support Directorate will be responsible for administering that contract.