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War Crimes: Entry Clearances

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mr. Crabb) of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1345W, on crimes against humanity: entry clearances, how many cases considered by the war crimes team have been referred to the Metropolitan Police. (241206)

Since 2005, the war crimes team in the UK Border Agency has referred 22 cases to the Metropolitan Police for inquiry.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mr. Crabb) of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1345W, on crimes against humanity: entry clearances, in how many of the cases where applicants have been refused refugee status following recommendations by the war crimes team the applicant has been granted discretionary leave and remains in the United Kingdom. (241207)

The Case Information Database records three applicants who, following a recommendation from the war crimes team, have been refused asylum under Article 1F(a) of the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees since October 2007 and who have also been granted discretionary leave. The Case Information Database is not designed to track whether individuals granted leave to remain are currently present in the United Kingdom.

These figures are not provided under national statistics protocols and have been derived from management information which is provisional and subject to change. Prior to this period data could be obtained only at disproportionate cost through the examination of individual case records.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mr. Crabb) of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1345W, on crimes against humanity: entry clearances, how many cases investigated by the war crimes team involved those who were refused (a) naturalisation and (b) indefinite leave to remain and who remain resident in UK territory. (241208)

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