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Asylum: Manpower

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of the UK Border Agency of each civil service grade are directly employed in making initial decisions on asylum claims. (297616)

All asylum claims are carefully considered on an individual basis and a range of staff across the UK Border Agency may be engaged during the process of reaching any specific decision. For this reason it is not possible to give a definitive figure for the number of UK Border Agency staff of each grade directly involved in making initial asylum decisions.

The main responsibility for initial asylum decision making rests with asylum case owners who manage claims through to their full conclusion of grant of leave to remain or removal. The agency has recently completed the appointment and training of over 250 new asylum case owners in regional teams in order to continue to hit its challenging targets to conclude new asylum claims within six months.