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Asylum Seekers

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what basis decisions to order detention of those declaring themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry are made;

  • (2) if he will provide a breakdown of the country of origin of those declaring themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry who were ordered to be detained in each of the years 1980 to 1990;
  • (3) how many of those who declared themselves asylum seekers at ports of entry were ordered to be detained in each of the years since 1980, and what proportion of those seeking asylum at ports of entry this figure represented in each of those years.
  • Asylum seekers are detained only when the immigration service is not satisfied that they will comply with the terms of temporary admission. The other information requested by the hon. Member is not available centrally.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 13 December, Official Report, column 585, which organisations submitted representations supporting the Government's planned changes to the law governing asylum; and whether he will list the names of these organisations.

    Amnesty International, the Bar Council, Charter '87, the Council on Tribunals, Justice and UNHCR expressed support for one or more of the Government's proposed changes to asylum procedures, while expressing concerns about others.