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Sri Lankan Nationals

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankan Tamil (a) men and (b) women were being held in custody for immigration reasons as at 9 October. [37650]

The available information on all Sri Lankan nationals is given in the table; no distinction is made in statistical records between Tamils and other Sri Lankans.

Sri Lankan nationals in detention under Immigration Act powers on 17 October 1995
Number of persons
Category of PersonMenWomenTotal
Port Cases177
Persons subject to enforcement action21616
1 Excluding any non-asylum port cases in detention for less than one month.
2 Illegal entrants and persons subject to deportation action.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum have been made by Sri Lankan Tamils during each of the last 12 months. [37645]

The available information is given in the table; no distinction is made in statistical records between Tamils and other Sri Lankans. The total number of asylum applications in the last 12 months to September 1995 from Sri Lanka was 1,830.

Asylum application from Sri Lankan nationals (October 1994—September 1995)
Number of persons
1994
October185
November170
December160
1995
January190
February160
March185
April130
May180
Asylum application from Sri Lankan nationals (October 1994—September 1995)
Number of persons
June155
July150
August165
September186
Total1,830

To ask the Secretary of State for the Horne Department how many Sri Lankan Tamils were deported from the United Kingdom in (a) 1993, (b) 1994 and (c) to date in 1995. [37651]

Information on all Sri Lankan nationals is given in the table; no distinction is made in statistical records between Tamils and other Sri Lankans.

Sri Lankan nationals removed from the United Kingdom under the deportation process1
Number of persons
19938
19944
1995 January to September6
1 Including "voluntary" departures after deportation action had been initiated, but excluding illegal entrants removed.