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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was between (a) tribunal rejection of applications to remain by asylum seekers and (b) rejection of human rights appeals and deportation or departure. (118291)

Since the abolition of embarkation controls in 1994 we cannot assess with any certainty the numbers of people who remain in the UK. In this context it is very difficult to provide an accurate average time it may take to remove those who have no right to remain here.