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Human Trafficking

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals waited between their first application to the National Referral Mechanism and receiving their conclusive grounds decisions for (a) up to seven days, (b) eight to 45 days, (c) 46 days to three months, (d) three to six months and (e) over six months in the latest period for which figures are available. (318963)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: Between 1 April 2009 and 31 December 2009, 132 decisions have been made at the conclusive grounds stage. From the date of referral (a) no conclusive grounds decision were released in the first seven days, (b) 24 were released in eight to 45 days, (c) 65 in 46 days to three months, (d) 39 in three to six months and (e) four took over six months.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) maximum number of case owners is in respect of each potential human trafficking case that has been referred through the National Referral Mechanism since 1 April 2009. (318972)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: The majority of National Referral Mechanism cases are assessed by two officers. Upon referral, a case will be allocated to a competent authority case owner who will decide if someone is a victim of trafficking. Before the decision is released it will then be considered by a second person, normally a senior competent authority, to quality assure the decision.

In cases where a referral has been made by an external agency such as the police or local authority, and where there is an immigration issue but the person is not yet known to UKBA, the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) will make the reasonable grounds decision and then pass the case to the UKBA Competent Authority for the conclusive grounds decision. In these circumstances cases will be considered by four officers at various stages of the NRM process.

There will be instances where a case is assigned to a competent authority who becomes unavailable part way through consideration due to illness or a change in role. These circumstances are rare but where they occur they will result in the case being reallocated to another case owner.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time elapsed between the asylum interview and a conclusive grounds decision in respect of the case of each potential victim of human trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism on the latest date for which figures are available. (319835)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for identifying victims of human trafficking includes a decision on whether a person is conclusively found to be a victim of trafficking. This is separate from the asylum system, which involves an assessment of whether someone has a well founded fear of persecution under the 1951 Geneva Convention.

It will be under a particular set of circumstances where there has been an asylum application leading to an asylum interview as well as a conclusive grounds trafficking decision for the same individual. Moreover the timing of the separate processes is not directly linked. Where an asylum application is made, it can be before, during or after a referral and conclusive grounds decision under the NRM.

The following is a table of cases where there has been an asylum interview and a conclusive grounds decision under the NRM with their respective dates:

Case number

Date of asylum interview

Date of conclusive grounds decision

1

6 April 2009

19 April 2009

2

6 April 2009

30 June 2009

3

15 April 2009

17 March 2009

4

5 May 2009

17 September 2009

5

1 May 2009

24 August 2009

6

30 April 2009

8 July 2009

7

6 May 2009

11 June 2009

8

18 May 2009

16 July 2009

9

8 October 2009

13 November 2009

10

5 August 2009

23 October 2009

11

12 March 2009

15 October 2009

12

2 March 2009

17 September 2009

13

8 April 2009

17 June 2009

14

27 March 2009

24 August 2009

15

9 June 2009

29 September 2009

16

24 August 2009

27 October 2009

17

22 September 2009

2 October 2009

18

22 August 2009

16 September 2009

19

25 June 2009

9 September 2009

20

3 February2009

29 October 2009

21

2 March 2009

29 September 2009

22

24 August 2009

11 November 2009

23

26 August 2009

3 September 2009

24

9 August 2007

14 December 2009

25

3 November 2009

20 November 2009

26

7 September 2009

30 October 2009

27

14 September 2009

27 November 2009

28

7 August 2009

7 April 2009

29

22 July 2009

15 July 2009

30

4 August 2009

10 November 2009

31

24 July 2009

19 August 2009

32

28 April 2009

3 July 2009

33

10 September 2009

5 August 2009

34

5 August 2009

2 December 2009

35

3 September 2009

28 September 2009

37

16 September 2009

23 November 2009

38

7 April 2009

3 December 2009

39

10 February2009

1 December 2009

40

29 October 2009

4 December 2009

41

14 July 2009

1 October 2009

42

22 February 2006

14 December 2009

43

11 February 2009

14 August 2009

44

17 July 2009

3 November 2009

45

14 August 2009

20 November 2009

46

27 August 2009

23 October 2009

47

14 July 2009

4 November 2009

48

17 September 2008

24 July2009

49

19 November 2009

1 December 2009

50

17 November 2009

30 October 2009

51

9 February 2009

22 June 2009

52

17 July 2009

30 October 2009

53

30 July 2009

14 August 2009

54

3 November 2009

26 November 2009

55

20 January 2010

16 December 2009