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Asylum

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum cases were brought to a conclusion, including appeals, (a) within two months, (b) between two and six months, (c) between six and 12 months and (d) over 12 months in each of the last five years. (242777)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Data on conclusion performance by year of application are only available from the introduction of end-to-end processing of new asylum applications in April 2006. Prior to that date, performance targets were based on the length of time it took to reach an initial decision on an asylum application, rather than the length of time it took to conclude a case.

The PSA Delivery Agreement 3, Indicator 2 refers to the reduction in the time to conclusion of asylum application. The measure is to ensure a target percentage of cases should be resolved within six months as per the following:

35 per cent. by end of April 2007;

40 per cent. by end of December 2007;

60 per cent. by end of December 2008;

75 per cent. by end of December 2009;

90 per cent. by end of December 2011.

The method of reporting against the target is based on the performance of the specific monthly cohort of cases reaching six months. Hence all reporting is done against a six months timeframe. A cohort is specified as those new applications received between 1st and 31st of each month.

The conclusion measurement requires applications to be granted asylum or some form of leave to remain in the UK, allowed at appeal or removed within 182 days (six months) to be counted as concluded.

Performance against the targets has been published in National Statistics as follows:

38 per cent. of new applications received in September 2006 were concluded in six months by the end of by April 2007;

46 per cent. of new applications received in June 2007 were concluded in six months by the end of December 2007;

62 per cent. of new applications received in June 2008 were concluded in six months by the end of December 2008.

Published information is not available in relation to conclusion of applications in timescales other than six months.