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Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) families and (b) individuals, including dependants, were allowed to remain in the United Kingdom under the seven year concession policy operated by the Border and Immigration Agency in each of the last five years. (205450)

Over the years, a number of families and individuals have benefited from the provisions of the seven year child concession. However, the information on how many families and individuals have been allowed to remain in the UK under the policy is obtainable only at a disproportionate cost. It is not possible to identify these cases from others granted leave outside the rules without a manual examination of individual case files.