§ Mr. Lepper
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many appeals in relation to rejected asylum applications were(a) received, (b) withdrawn and (c) heard in the periods (i) April 2000 to March 2001 and (ii) April 2001 to February 2002. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
I apologise for the delay in responding.
- (a) The IAA received 37,573 asylum appeals during the period April 2000 to March 2001 and 46,578 cases during the period April 2001 to February 2002.
- (b) Reliable data on withdrawals and hearings was not held prior to October 2000.
conditions or orders have been requested. The Department is considering possible amendments to court rules to ensure consistency in the treatment of applications for contact where there are allegations of violence.