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Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons having been granted (a) residence and (b) indefinite leave to remain on the basis of suffering from (i) TB, (ii) HIV Aids and (iii) Hepatitis B in each of the last five years; and how many persons are dependent on them.[120409]

I regret that the information requested is not available.Information on the number of people granted leave to remain, either temporary or permanent, in the UK on the basis from suffering from any of the conditions listed is not collated centrally and so could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.Any application to stay in the UK on compassionate grounds because an applicant has a serious medical condition is given careful consideration on its individual merits. Those who are granted leave are normally given discretionary leave to remain for a limited period rather than indefinite leave, unless they qualify for settlement on some other basis, such as long residence.