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Entry Clearance

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in each of the last three years he has overturned a decision to refuse entry. [112485]

Information on the number of decisions to refuse entry that have been overturned by the Home Office in each of the last three years is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case files. The available information relating to appeals determined by the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) is given in the following table and shows that most appeals are dismissed.

Outcome of appeals to Immigration adjudicators, by broad

category, 1999–2001

United Kingdom—Number of principal application
Appeal categoryTotal dealt withAllowedDismissed2Withdrawn
All appeals
Refusal of entry clearance4
Refusal of Asylum
Other non-asylum5
1 Figures rounded to the nearest 10 except figures for 2001 and 2002 which are rounded to the nearest five.
2 Includes cases where the appellant withdrew the appeal because the Home Office had conceded the case, as well those where the appellant decided not to pursue the appeal further.
3 Figures are estimates based on data supplied from the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Presenting Officers Unit in the Home Office.
4 Including refusal of certificate of entitlement.
5 After-entry into United Kingdom.
Information on non-asylum appeals are published regularly in the Command Paper Control of Immigration Statistics, a copy of which is available in the Library. It is planned that information relating to non-asylum appeal determined in 2002 will be published at the end of November 2003.