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Immigration

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why leave to enter the United Kingdom has not been granted to Mrs HY, who won an appeal against refusal of her application to enter the United Kingdom as the spouse of a United Kingdom citizen on 28 October (ref OA/30697/2008). [HL441]

Information contained in applications to the Home Office is treated as being confidential and is not normally disclosed to third parties, unless they are authorised representatives of the applicant.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration and asylum detainees have been (a) released, and (b) deported, in each of the current and previous two years; and what were the reasons for releasing detainees. [HL1182]

Information on the total number of detainees released from the immigration estate is not held centrally and would be available only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

In 2007, a total of 16,120 persons were recorded as being removed from the UK on leaving detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers; of these, 7,355 were recorded as having sought asylum at some stage. These 16,120 form 25 per cent of the total of 63,365 persons removed (including voluntary departures) from the UK in 2007, and of these, 13,705 were recorded as having sought asylum at some stage.

Between January and September 2008 inclusive, there were a total of 12,075 such persons recorded as being removed upon leaving detention, and of these, 5,330 had sought asylum at some stage. These 12,075 form 24 per cent of the total of 49,750 persons removed (including voluntary departures) from the UK between January and September 2008, and of these, 9,070 were recorded as having sought asylum at some stage.

All figures are rounded to the nearest five and are provisional. These are the latest periods for which published information is available.

In addition to being removed from the UK, upon leaving detention people can also be granted leave to enter/remain, granted temporary admission/release or bailed.

National statistics on persons recorded as being removed from the UK on leaving detention solely under Immigration Act powers are published in Chapter nine of each year’s Asylum Statistics: United Kingdom bulletin. Provisional figures relating to the fourth quarter of 2008 will be published in Table eight of the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom - Q4 2008 bulletin on 24 February 2009. Copies of these publications are/will be available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at: http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats. html

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the granting of refugee status by the Home Office to an individual whose case had been selected as a country guidance case by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal can be considered to be an indication of Government guidance or policy for future cases of a similar nature. [HL1273]

No. Government guidance and policy are continually updated to reflect changes in country conditions, case law or policy, but it should not be assumed that the granting of asylum in a particular case selected as country guidance signals a change in policy. For example, new information that comes to light as the parties prepare a case for an appeal may lead to a different decision in that particular case which is consistent with the existing policy.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in selecting a country guidance case. [HL1274]

Potential country guidance (CG) cases are identified by senior members of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal’s (AIT) judiciary and referred to the AIT Reporting Committee, which comprises senior members of the judiciary, once the determination has been written and promulgated.

The Reporting Committee makes the decision whether to approve a CG case. There is no specific set of criteria for that decision. Cases are reported if they are thought to give guidance that is usefully comprehensive, whatever the outcome of the appeal.