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Asylum Seekers

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in how many asylum cases in (a) 2006, and (b) 2007, a consent order was made in the High Court where the claimant agreed to withdraw an application for judicial review and the Secretary of State agreed to reconsider the claimant's case; how many of those cases from each of those years remain to be reconsidered; and what was the average and the maximum number of days between the consent order and the Secretary of State's reconsidered decision in each of those years. [HL3572]

The High Court shows that 831 asylum judicial reviews were withdrawn in 2006 and 997 asylum judicial reviews were withdrawn in 2007. However the High Court does not record reasons why the JR was withdrawn and this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by the examination of individual case files. The UK Border Agency does not record timescales for reconsidering cases following consent orders on our database and so this information is not available.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they record what happens to failed asylum seekers returned to their country of origin. [HL3705]

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to him in my letter of 18 June 2008, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.