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Asylum Decisions

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether applications made to Ministers by hon. Members to reconsider asylum decisions are dealt with by his (a) Ministers and (b) officials. (111895)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign documents submitted to his (a) Ministers and (b) officials by hon. Members in respect of asylum cases are translated. (111896)

Policy on translations is governed by the Asylum Policy Instruction Translations, which is available on the website of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at:

http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/asylumpolicy instructions/

It is the claimant's responsibility to provide material in English or with an English translation. Exceptions may be made where there is a reasonable explanation for the failure to provide a translation, or where not awaiting a translation would adversely affect the decision making process.