A previous Home Secretary informed Parliament in July 2006 of
“the immigration and nationality directorate’s case load of around 400,000 to 450,000 electronic and paper records, which, as honourable Members also know, are riddled with duplication and errors, and include cases of individuals who have since died or left the country, or are now EU citizens... We will tackle the case load in the IND with the aim of clearing it-not in 25 years, as has been suggested, but in five or less.”—[Official Report, 19 July 2006, Vol 449, c.324.]
In her update to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Lin Homer, the UK Border Agency chief executive has stated that 130,000 cases have now been concluded up to the end of October 2008. The number of conclusions has increased to 155,500 as at 9 January 2009. The Case Resolution Directorate is on track to complete all cases by summer 2011.
The Case Resolution Directorate in the period July to November 2007 had total conclusions of 52,000 cases and this is broken down as 19,000 were grants, 16,000 were removals and 17,000 were other conclusions such as errors and duplicates.
Between 1 December 2007 and 31 May 2008 the Case Resolution Directorate total conclusions were 90,000 and this is broken down as 39,000 were grants, 20,000 were removals and 32,000 were other conclusions where there were errors or duplicates found in the system.
Between 1 June 2008 and 31 October 2008 the Case Resolution Directorate total conclusions had reached 130,000 and this is broken down as 51,000 grants, 23,500 removals and 53,500 other conclusions such as errors and duplicates on the system.
To obtain the information on withdrawn claims as applicants often do withdraw their claim would involve a detailed examination of our case records and so this would involve a disproportionate cost.
We are prioritising cases likely to cause harm, cases facing removal and cases likely to be granted, and these cases take considerably more casework time than "others" such as errors or duplicates. The Case Resolution Directorate has ramped up performance in dealing with the asylum legacy cases and is now resolving several thousand every month. Up to 9 January 2009 they had concluded 155,500 cases, up from 130,000 case conclusions reported in December 2008.