HC Deb 07 March 2001 vol 364 cc215-6W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum in the UK have been rejected on non-compliance grounds in each of the last three years; and how many of those claims have subsequently been given substantive consideration(a) prior to an appeal hearing and (b) following a successful appeal. [151625]

Mrs. Roche

The available information on the number of non-compliance decisions is given in the table.

Statistical information for each of the last three years on the consideration of non-compliance cases following an initial decision but before appeal is not held centrally and would therefore only be available through examination of case records at a disproportionate cost.

We have not generally reconsidered claims following a successful appeal, although it is open to the Department to challenge the outcome of an appeal through the tribunal.

Non-compliance refusals (under paragraph 340 of the immigration rules and paragraph 180F prior to October 1994) are for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim, including non-attendance at a substantive interview within a reasonable period. From November 1991, these include refusals for failure to respond to invitations to interview to establish identity under the measures introduced then.

Refusals of asylum on non-compliance grounds in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, 1998 to 20001, 2
Refused on non-compliance grounds
Year Number of decisions Cases under normal procedures Cases under backlog criteria3
1998 31,570 2,995 5
19994 33,720 1,085 1,275
20004 110,065 26,630 1,335
1 Information is for initial decision, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
2 Figures rounded to the nearest 5.
3 Includes cases decided under measures announced in the White Paper.
4 Provisional figures.
5 Nil.