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Asylum Seekers

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reasonable period has been fixed by law for execution of a removal order on failed asylum seekers; and how long this period was for the Bokhari family of Grimsby detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre. (110496)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department will introduce a grant for local authorities that would reimburse their costs for supporting asylum seekers who have exhausted all avenues of appeal waiting for deportation. (110844)

There are no plans to introduce an additional grant for local authorities for this purpose in addition to the money already provided by central Government towards the cost of revenue expenditure on social services and education.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the implications are of the findings of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate pilot schemes at Dover port and Croydon piloting the use of social work intake teams in the asylum process for the resolution of disputes about the age of children seeking asylum. (110956)

Dedicated social work intake teams were introduced at Dover in 2003 and at the Asylum Screening Unit at Croydon in 2005. The main purpose of the teams is to provide specialist initial assessment and intake services, to improve the resolution of age dispute claims and to improve the identification of vulnerable children from abroad.

Although no formal evaluation of these projects has been carried out, both Croydon and Kent local authorities and the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have reported that the teams have been successful in resolving age dispute issues and improving the Immigration and Nationality Directorate’s child protection procedures.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was claimed in benefits by failed asylum seekers in each of the last 12 months. (111223)

Costs relating to the provision of accommodation and subsistence payments for asylum seekers are not recorded according to their asylum status and are not available in the form requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in each of the last two years enforcement and removal officers have failed to carry out a removal due to a failed asylum seeker having left their registered address. (111251)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest time is which a failed asylum seeker has spent in a detention centre before either deportation or release. (111677)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only by examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Chinese asylum seekers are being held in detention centres pending deportation to China. (111679)

There are currently 47 Chinese nationals being held in immigration detention centres. The information held does not differentiate between failed asylum seekers and others detained under immigration powers.