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Deportation: Peterborough

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on deportation: Peterborough, for what reasons information on the number of residents in Peterborough constituency is not available. (253803)

[holding answer 4 February 2009]: Information on the number of appeals lodged is published quarterly and annually. However, this information does not show who is currently appealing, only the total number of appeals lodged in the particular period. The figures are also not broken down by geographical region. Copies of Asylum Statistics Publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

The Case Information Database records both appeals and applicant address details. However, it is completely reliant on the quality and timeliness of the information received and input onto the database. Since we cannot ensure that this information meets the rigorous standards applied to published statistics, it is for internal use only by UK Border Agency. Ensuring the information is of sufficient quality to be issued publicly would entail a manual cross checking of a number of individual case files against these figures, which could only be completed at disproportionate cost.