§ Mr. Malins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were removed from the country in 2001. 
§ Angela Eagle
There were 6,830 principal asylum applicants (to the nearest five) removed from the United Kingdom in the period January to September 2001 (the latest period for which information is available). Further information is given in the table.394W
Asylum removals in 20011 Principal applicants removed Dependants removed2 Total asylum seekers removed Ql 2001 2,070 n/a n/a Q2 2001 2,375 215 2,590 Q3 2001 2,385 355 2,745 1Includes persons departing 'voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 2Data on dependants of asylum seekers removed have only been collected since April 2001.
Provisional figures, rounded to the nearest five. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
Information on the number of asylum removals is published on a quarterly basis. Information for the fourth quarter of 2001 will be published on 28 February 2002 on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/ immigration1.html.