§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellors Department what average time is taken to process asylum(a) initial appeals to the Special Adjudicator and (b) further appeals to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Jane Kennedy
The average times taken during January 2001, for the Immigration Appellate Authority to process cases from receipt to determination, are:
- (a) 17.4 weeks for appeals cleared at the Adjudicator tier; and
- (b) 33.8 weeks for appeals heard by the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.
The figure for the Immigration Appeal Tribunal (IAT) naturally includes the Adjudicator process. Average times for the IAT only—from receipt of application for leave to appeal until appeal determination—are not available.