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Departments: Appeals

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by his Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many there have been in 2006-07 to date. (121666)

The following independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by the Home Office or its executive agencies:

(a) in 1997-98, four:

(i) immigration adjudicators under the Immigration Appeals Act 1969

(ii) the Immigration Appeals Tribunal under the Immigration Appeals Act 1969

(iii) the Policy and Advisory Board for Forensic Pathology in relation to disciplinary proceedings against forensic pathologists on the Home Office register

(iv) persons appointed to hear representations against proposed decisions in relation to licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

(b) in 2001-02, eight:

(i)-(iv) the four bodies mentioned above

(v) the Special Immigration Appeals Commission under the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997

(vi) Asylum Support Adjudicators under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

(vii) the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission under the Terrorism Act 2000

(viii) the Pathogens Access Appeal Commission, set up under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

(c) in 2005-06, seven:

(i) the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004

(ii) the Appeals Panel of the Home Office Forensic Pathology Council

(iii)-(vii) the five bodies mentioned at (iv) to (viii) above

(d) in 2006-07, the seven bodies mentioned under (c) above.