asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases since 1983 he has refused to accept a recommendation from an adjudicator that he reconsider an application outside the immigration rules.
Whenever an adjudicator makes such a recommendation, the case is always fully and carefully reconsidered. Any decision riot to exercise the use of discretion in an appellant's favour outside the immigration rules is taken at a senior level in the immigration department or, where appropriate or where an hon. Member has made representations on the appellant's behalf, at ministerial level. Statistics of the outcome of such cases are not separately maintained.