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Asylum

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many principal applicant cases were allocated to case resolution teams (CRT) in her Department, broken down by (a) CRT (S), (b) CRT (M) and (c) CRT (L) in the years (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08. (200897)

The work to clear the backlog of asylum cases was announced in July 2006. Work started on selected cases in November 2006 and the Case Resolution Directorate was created on 1 April 2007, tasked with managing the work. Around 5,500 principal applicant cases were allocated to each case owning team in December 2007.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency provided an update on progress on clearing the backlog of older cases to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 17 December 2007 and has given an undertaking to update Parliament every six months on further progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of principal applicant cases allocated to case resolution teams (CRT) in her Department were (a) resolved within the year and (b) carried over to the following year, broken down by (i) CRT (S), (ii) CRT (M) and (iii) CRT (L) in the years (A) 2003-04, (B) 2004-05, (C) 2005-06, (D) 2006-07 and (E) 2007-08. (200898)

The work to clear the backlog of asylum cases was announced in July 2006.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency provided an update on progress on clearing the backlog of older cases to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 17 December 2007 and has given an undertaking to update Parliament every six months on further progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many principal applicant cases resolved in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08 were given (i) exceptional leave to remain and (ii) indefinite leave to remain, broken down by (A) case resolution team (S), (B) case resolution team (M) and (C) case resolution team (L). (200899)

The work to clear the backlog of older asylum cases was announced in July 2006.

To provide the information requested would incur disproportionate cost as we do not routinely collect this information.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency provided an update on progress to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 17 December 2007 and has given an undertaking to update Parliament every six months on further progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the progress of the asylum claim of Faith Dziruni of Downswood, Maidstone, Kent. (205157)

[holding answer 12 May 2008]: I provided details on this case in my letter to the hon. Member on 21 June 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in introducing new protocols for judicial review in failed asylum cases. (205270)

In March 2007 we introduced a change to judicial review policy in agreement with the courts. This change meant that claimants have 72 hours to lodge a JR where removal directions are set but we are no longer required to defer removals simply on the threat of judicial review; claimants must also lodge full grounds of challenge. As part of this we have also agreed an expedited process for 25 cases per week that are considered abusive or without merit.

We continue to look for ways to improve processes and will present fresh proposals for reform shortly.