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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum status have replied to the offer of an initial interview in response to postal applications.

Since 1 November 1991 all persons applying for asylum from within the United Kingdom who have been unable to produce a passport have been requested to attend a short interview for identification purposes. During November and December, 2,350 persons were invited for interview and 471–20 per cent.—attended.