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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum cases arising since 2007 have been determined by his Department within six months in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009. [322835]

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Information on asylum cases in which the UK Border Agency has made an initial decision within six months which excludes the appeal rights exhausted outcomes, is set out in the following table; the figures do not include dependents.

Asylum applications received

Initial decisions within six months (grants or refusals)

Percentage of applications with initial decision within six months

2007

23,430

18,918

81

2008

25,930

19,624

76

2009

24,250

20,326

84

The initial decisions within six months and the percentage of applications with initial decision within six months are internal management information and as such have not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. These data are provisional and subject to change.

The Home Office publishes statistics on immigration and asylum, including numbers of asylum applications, and initial asylum decisions, on a quarterly and annual basis. These publications are placed in the Library of the House and are available from the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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