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Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been waiting 12 months or more for a decision on their case; and how many of these (a) have sought permission to work and (b) have been granted permission to work under the provisions of the 2003 EU Reception Directive. (273980)

The requested information is not collated and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost through examination of individual case records.

The United Kingdom Border Agency’s asylum targets are based on case conclusion times and the agency is committed to fully concluding 90 per cent. of new asylum applications within six months by the end of 2011.