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Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for bail were made to an adjudicator or the Immigration Appeal Tribunal in the third and fourth quarters of 1979; and how many such applications were successful.

The only readily available figures relate to bail applications made to adjudicators at the appeals centre at Harmondsworth. I regret that comprehensive figures could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The Harmondsworth figures are as follows:

Number of applications for bailNumber of cases in which bail granted
3rd quarter87
4th quarter76
The number of applications heard is not necessarily equal to the number of persons applying for bail since one person may make more than one application.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present average delay in the hearing of an appeal under the Immigration Act 1971 (a) before an adjudicator and (b) before the immigration appeal tribunal on appeal from an adjudicator; and if he will give a breakdown of the delays at the different appeal centres.

There have been no significant changes since the reply I gave to a question by the hon. Member on 24 July.—[Vol. 971, c. 105–6.]