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Immigration: Appeals

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the number of appeals in immigration and asylum cases. (249923)

We have recently consulted on a number of proposals in this area and will publish our plans in due course. Our ongoing Quality Initiative Project, in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, aims to improve the quality of decision making in asylum cases which should reduce the number of appeals. UNHCR have published reports over the last four years which illustrate both the work that has been done to improve quality and the progress UNHICR and UKBA have jointly made.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were waiting for a successful appeal against a UK Borders Agency determination to be reflected in their documented immigration status at 31 December (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007 and (f) 2008. (249924)

Information on the number of people who were waiting for a successful appeal against a UK Border Agency determination to be reflected in their documented immigration status at 31 December (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c)2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007 and (f) 2008 is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets the UK Border Agency has for the length of time it should take to regularise the paperwork of an immigration or asylum applicant following a successful appeal made by that applicant against one of the Agency's decisions. (250597)

There are currently no targets in place governing the length of time that it should take to implement an applicant's status following an allowed appeal.

However, UKBA has recently undertaken a piece of work to review the processes involved in granting status following an allowed appeal. The review has identified potential process amendments to make the system more timely.