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Asylum: Essex

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adults and (b) children seeking asylum were resident in (i) Southend and (ii) each local authority in Essex in (A) the latest period for which figures are available, (B) 1997, (C) 2001, (D) 2005 and (E) 2006. (167396)

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

Statistics on supported asylum seekers, broken down by age, are not available. The location of those asylum seekers not in receipt of support is not available.

Separate arrangements exist for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), who are supported by local authorities; the local authority receives funding from the Home Office for this purpose. As at the end of March 2007 an estimated 5,000 UASCs were supported by local authorities; this figure is based on the latest available management information and a regional breakdown is not available.

The numbers of asylum seekers in receipt of support, broken down by Government office region and local authority, are published on a quarterly and annual basis. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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

Further breakdowns, of those in receipt of support by parliamentary constituency, are also available from the Library of the House.