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Asylum Appeals

Volume 589: debated on Monday 11 May 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many asylum appeals have been decided in the last 12 months; and how many of those were successful. [HL1679]

The number of adjudicator appeals determined between April 1997 and March 1998 was 22,184. My department does not collate information on how many appeals are successful and so could only provide the information requested at disproportionate cost.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether consideration is being given to providing a filter system to reduce the number of asylum appeals. [HL1680]

Rights of appeal against adverse asylum and immigration decisions are set out in the relevant legislation. Once an appeal has been lodged, it must be determined on merits. However, the Government are considering a number of proposals aimed at improving the appeals system. Our intention is to publish a consultation paper as soon as possible.