HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 c330W
Mr. Mullin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the deportation of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. [53929]

Angela Eagle

On 15 January 2002, we announced a temporary suspension of returns of unsuccessful asylum applicants to Zimbabwe. We will resume returns only when we are satisfied that it is safe to do so, and not before. We are monitoring events in the aftermath of the Zimbabwe presidential election in close liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). There is no set time scale, but it would be unrealistic to be able to make any decision on a resumption of removals until the immediate post-election situation has calmed down and we have had time to assess properly the risks to returnees and gather and consider the views of FCO and others.