HC Deb 26 February 2001 vol 363 c475W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set a target for the length of time the security services take to complete the security check on those applying for settlement in the UK. [150097]

Mrs. Roche

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate aims to deal with 70 per cent. of non-asylum applications within three weeks. Within that overall target, there are no specific targets for applications which may require security checks, and no plans at present to set such targets.

Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning asylum seekers going without food because of problems with the administration of vouchers; and if he will make a statement. [150936]

Mrs. Roche

We have received a number of communications, by letter or telephone, concerning asylum seekers who have encountered difficulties in receiving their vouchers. The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) has set up a dedicated telephone inquiry service to enable asylum seekers in this position to register their position as quickly as possible. A special team within NASS ensures any difficulty is resolved as soon as possible.

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Reported to a coroner where a post-mortem was held 126,398 126,184 123,015 124,356 124,780
of these
Where a coroner did not proceed to hold an inquest 104,151 104,321 100,679 101,165 100,884
Subject to a post-mortem but no cause of death found 413 461 582 695 738
Resulting in verdict of unlawful killing1 217 169 165 142 165
Resulting in open verdicts1 2,257 2,151 2,319 2,571 2,497
Resulting in any other verdict1 22,030 21,694 22,171 23,049 23,731
Performed for clinical purposes 2 2 3,614 3,527 3,474
1 In a small number of cases, inquests will have been held without post-mortem examinations
2 Data not available