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Asylum

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people of each sex in each age group from each country have been awaiting a decision on an application for asylum at each location in each year since 1997; (319528)

(2) how many people are awaiting a decision on an application for asylum.

Information is published quarterly on the number of asylum applicants awaiting an initial decision and as at the end of December 2009, the latest published period, the total was 6,900 (excluding dependents). This figure is derived from the cumulative effect of applications received, decisions made, and applications withdrawn, applied to the total outstanding cases figure produced from the manual count at the end of August 2001. Figures are rounded to nearest 100. The original manual count was a total figure only and consequently the figure cannot be broken down by nationality, gender and age.

Information on asylum applications is published annually in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom bulletin and on a quarterly basis in the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary.

These publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were awaiting resolution by the UK Border Agency on the latest date for which figures are available. (322330)

The UK Border Agency has just over 34,700 cases in NAM (New Asylum Model) that have not been concluded as at the end of February 2010, the majority of which are awaiting removal. These cases are being actively managed. Figure is rounded to the nearest 100.

This data does not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols and should be treated as provisional and subject to change.

Information on asylum applications is published annually in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom bulletin and on a quarterly basis in the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary.

These publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes in staffing levels at the UK Border Agency have been made to handle the caseload of (a) legacy asylum cases and (b) standard asylum applications since 2007. (322836)

The UK Border Agency has anticipated the need to increase resources in line with its targets and has recruited sufficient case owners in each of its regions to continue to improve the time taken to reach an initial decision.

The UK Border Agency's regions are now fully responsible for the development of the required flexible work force, and will be investing in case owner development and managing regionally-based recruitment campaigns as necessary so that staff can carry out a variety of functions and respond to fluctuations in intake.