HL Deb 21 June 2004 vol 662 cc102-3WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why support was withdrawn from Kaltuma Ahmed and Shamsa Noor, both from Somalia, before their asylum claims had been finally decided; and what is their present status. [HL3160]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

I am afraid that from the information given it has not been possible for IND officials to identify the cases referred to. If the noble Lord writes to my honourable friend the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration with full details I will ensure a full response is provided. In general support is provided to eligible asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute until a final decision is made on the claim for asylum. But support is provided subject to conditions and asylum seekers who fail to comply with any conditions may have their support terminated. In such cases there is a right of appeal against the decision to cease support to the Asylum Support Adjudicator.