To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for (a) political asylum and (b) variation of leave to remain in the United Kingdom have been received in each quarter since 1 January 1988; how many have been (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) await decision; and if he will make a statement.
[holding answer 26 June 1990]: The available information is given in the tables.
Table A: Applications for refugee status, or variation of leave to
Applications for refugee status
Applications for variation of leave2
1 Provisional figures.
2 Includes referred entry clearance applications, and enquiries submitted by letter, as well as variation of leave cases. Includes both general and Eastern European immigration casework.
Table B: Decisions made during the period 1 January 1988 to 31
Variation of leave cases
2 3 4420,545
|Cases outstanding as at 31 March 1990|
1 Grants of refugee status or of exceptional leave.
2 Grants of extensions or of settlement.
3 Includes both general and Eastern immigration casework
4 Does not include decisions on referred entry clearance applicationa, or enquiries submitted by letter.
5 This figure is a total of all work outstanding in the Refugee Unit.
6 Includes referred entry clearance applications as well as variation of leave cases. The figure comprises 26,359 general immigration cases and 1,609 Eastern Europe.