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Asylum Seekers

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum seekers who arrived in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2006 now reside in Scotland. (105986)

The percentage of asylum seekers who arrived in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2006 who now reside in Scotland is not available and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

Statistics on the location of asylum seekers in the UK are linked to the available information on the support that the asylum seeker receives. The number of asylum seekers in receipt of support from IND are published on a quarterly and annual basis, broken down by Government Office Region and local authority. The latest publication covering the third quarter of 2006 is available on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Further breakdowns by parliamentary constituency are also available from the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ugandan nationals have applied for political asylum in the UK in the last 10 years; and how many of these applications have been turned down. (112957)

Information on asylum applications, grants of asylum at initial decision and appeal outcomes for Ugandan nationals is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Information on how many of those applications lodged in the last 10 years have been turned down is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Ugandan nationals whose applications for asylum in the UK were subsequently turned down had indicated during the application process that they belonged to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change. (112958)

The requested information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.

Information on asylum applications, grants of asylum at initial decision and appeal outcomes for Ugandan nationals is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which countries it is his Department’s policy not to return failed asylum seekers. (113101)

All asylum claims are considered on an individual basis, and we would not seek to remove an individual who has been found to be in need of international protection. We expect failed asylum seekers to return voluntarily. There is no country to which as a matter of policy we do not seek to enforce return but we are not currently enforcing returns to Zimbabwe pending the resolution of litigation. It remains our intention to resume such returns as soon as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will make a decision on the asylum application of Mr. Erion Remiraj, reference D1018757. (113251)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements his Department has made for the teaching of English to those seeking asylum within the United Kingdom; and what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on English language courses for asylum seekers and the funding arrangements for them. (113525)

Arrangements for the teaching of English are a matter for the Department for Education and Skills, although the application to asylum seekers of the recently announced changes in eligibility for free tuition was of course discussed with the Home Office.