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Mrs. G. A. Officer

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will complete consideration of the case relating to the wife of Mr. G. A. Officer, a constituent. [160733]

Mrs. Roche: Mrs. Officer was granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom on 28 April.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of (a) the number of asylum seekers dispersed throughout the UK, (b) the number who are locating in London and (c) the number being offered accommodation by the Refugee Council on behalf of the National Asylum Support Service. [160793]

Mrs. Roche: As at the end of March 2001, 23,530 1 asylum seekers (including dependants) were allocated accommodation by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) and 13,470 1 (including dependants) were allocated voucher-only support by NASS.

Of the above, 520 1 were allocated accommodation in London and 9,420 1 of those allocated voucher-only support were staying in London.

It is NASS policy to offer asylum seekers accommodation outside London and the south-east. However, in special circumstances, such as medical problems, some asylum seekers are allocated accommodation in London.

As at 27 April 2001, the Refugee Council was accommodating 5,230 1 asylum seekers (including dependants) in emergency accommodation on behalf of NASS. Of these, 4,410 1 were in London.


Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seeker applicants opted for vouchers only, including dependants; and how many have accepted dispersal. [160790]

Mrs. Roche: As at the end of March 2001, 13,470 1 asylum seekers (including dependants) were allocated voucher-only support by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) and 23,530 1 (including dependants) were allocated accommodation by NASS.


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Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to take full financial responsibility for asylum seekers and their dependants in place of local authority responsibility. [160792]

Mrs. Roche: The Home Office assumed responsibility on 1 April 1999 for reimbursing local authorities for direct costs incurred, within unit cost limits for supporting asylum seekers. Payment is by way of grant.

Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated total value is of the benefits available in vouchers, in cash and in kind, including accommodation, to an asylum-seeking family with two adults and two children which is being supported by NASS, broken down by type of benefit, in the financial year 2001-02. [160634]

Mrs. Roche: Asylum seekers in need can be supported with accommodation, subsistence or both. The current weekly value of voucher support for a family consisting of a couple and two children, aged 16 or younger, is £119.27, of which £40.00 is paid in cash vouchers. Accommodation is provided directly by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS).

An asylum-seeking family in National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation has their utility bills paid by NASS. This in-kind support is estimated to be worth around £18 per week. In addition, NASS accommodation includes items not generally included in furnished accommodation, such as towels, bedding, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, at an estimated value of around £5 per week. After six months, NASS-supported asylum seekers are also eligible for a one-off payment of £50 per person.

If the children are new-born the family may be eligible for a maternity payment of £300 per child.

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum appeals determined were (a) allowed, (b) dismissed and (c) withdrawn for nationals of (i) Iraq, (ii) Somalia, (iii) Sri Lanka, (iv) Sudan, (v) Turkey, (vi) Zimbabwe and (vii) each other nationality for the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [160802]

Mrs. Roche: Asylum appeal figures by nationality for 1999 and 2000 are not available as the Immigration Appellate Authority ceased to produce them. We hope to

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be able to publish this information for the 2001 asylum statistics and beyond. The most recent figures refer to 1998 and are published in the Home Office Statistical

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Bulletin "Asylum Statistics 1998", a copy of which is available in the Library. The information is given in the table.

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Asylum appeals: Table 8.2 Outcome of appeals(21) under the 1993 and 1996 Acts determined by adjudicators of the Immigration Appellate Authority, excluding dependants, by nationality, 1998

Number of principal appellants
Appeals determined by adjudicators(22)
Appeals sent toAllowed Dismissed Withdrawn
Nationalitythe IAATotalNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Europe
Albania80751010658654
Czech Republic10513052100782520
Poland45066510159589609
Romania4706655062093457
Slovak Republic901255280644034
Turkey5451,4055303880557705
Former USSR925635305540856510
Former Yugoslavia16533550151404114543
Other5901,00020290590758
Total3,4155,035655133,8457653511
Americas
Colombia5604004010315804010
Ecuador1,24060051525877012
Other13023515720587156
Total1,9301,2306051,0458512510
Africa
Algeria952354017135586025
Angola110500901838578204
Democratic Republic of Congo201953015120624021
Ethiopia652505522175692510
Gambia21038025633087257
Ghana4301,7003521,58593855
Ivory Coast165365952625068205
Kenya360860851073085506
Liberia4510553959157
Nigeria1,7754,08514033,675902657
Sierra Leone601752012110634525
Somalia15255192067515
Sudan70190854580432012
Tanzania15092025386093354
Uganda215495501042085255
Other430605901546076559
Total4,22511,08587589,425857857
Middle East
Iran3515060407551159
Iraq2545152925511020
Lebanon15651520507456
Other40100151375721515
Total11536010027220614011
Asia
Afghanistan15155361064--0
China9751,2302021,20097101
India1,0402,4452512,35596653
Pakistan1,5902,5708532,330911556
Sri Lanka7451,0404954851049303
Other32021010418587209
Total4,6807,51564096,590882804
Other and nationality not known30952022757553
Grant total14,38525,3202,355921,195841,7707

(21) Provisional estimated figures rounded to the nearest 5 with * = 1 or 2. Figures might not add up to total due to rounding. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

(22) Figures are based on the cases for which information is recorded on the Refugee Index.


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Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the places designated as clusters for the dispersal of asylum seekers, indicating the (a) population and (b) ethnic minority population of each. [160847]

Mrs. Roche: The areas designated as clusters are listed together with population figures. Research to identify the presence of ethnic minorities included advice received from consultation with regional consortium, voluntary groups and other interested parties plus evidence from the 1991 census. Actual statistics detailing the present ethnic minority population for each cluster area are not available.

Region/cluster areaPopulation estimate per cluster
East Midlands
Leicester294,300
Derby235,800
Nottingham286,800
South Central and East
Brighton and Hove255,800
Hastings and St Leonards81,400
Portsmouth189,900
North East
Darlington101,400
Gateshead198,900
Middlesbrough145,100
Newcastle276,100
North Tyneside194,000
South Tyneside154,600
Redcar and Cleveland138,300
Hartlepool91,900
Stockton on Tees181,000
Sunderland292,300
North West
Manchester (Great Manchester)429,800
Bolton (Great Manchester)267,500
Bury (Great Manchester)182,800
Oldham (Great Manchester)219,200
Rochdale (Great Manchester)208,200
Salford (Great Manchester)225,900
Stockport (Great Manchester)292,800
Tameside (Great Manchester)220,400
Trafford (Great Manchester)220,300
Wigan (Great Manchester)310,500
Burnley91,000
Blackburn140,000
Liverpool461,500
Nelson29,120
Scotland
Glasgow619,680
Edinburgh450,180
South West
Bristol402,300
Gloucester107,400
Swindon179,700
Taunton and Bridgewater(23)99,700
Exeter111,000
South Gloucestershire241,000
Torbay123,000
North Somerset188,700
Bath167,300
Plymouth253,000
East of England
Ipswich113,900
Norwich124,000
Cambridge120,600
Great Yarmouth89,300
Peterborough156,000
Wales
Wrexham125,200
Cardiff320,900
Newport139,200
Swansea229,500
Bridgend and Porthcawl131,400
West Midlands
Birmingham1,013,400
Coventry304,300
Dudley311,500
Sandwell290,500
Solihull205,600
Stoke on Trent251,500
Walsall261,200
Wolverhampton241,600
Yorkshire and Humberside
Bradford/Keighley483,300
Doncaster290,500
Halifax91,069
Hull261,800
Kirklees390,900
Leeds727,400
Rotherham254,400
Sheffield531,100
Barnsley228,100
Grimsby90,703
Wakefield318,800

(23) Shown as Taunton Deane


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Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the places on which he plans to confer cluster status for the dispersal of asylum seekers, indicating the (a) population and (b) ethnic minority population of each. [160848]

Mrs. Roche: There are already 71 cluster areas in existence, and research and consultation through the regional consortium continue in order to identify other suitable areas.

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define the boundaries of the Grimsby cluster for the dispersal of asylum seekers; and what proportion of the population the ethnic minority population represents. [160849]

Mrs. Roche: The boundary of the cluster area for Grimsby is centred on the town itself. Statistics showing what proportion of the population are from ethnic minorities are not available.

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers he intends to disperse to the Grimsby cluster; and what proportion of these will be accommodated by (a) the local council and (b) private accommodation providers. [160850]

Mrs. Roche: At present the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) has procured 57 bedspaces through the private sector in Grimsby, and, while further accommodation is being explored, we are not seeking to disperse large numbers there. The intention is to achieve a fair and equitable dispersal.

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his proposals for widening the Grimsby cluster for asylum seekers to include Cleethorpes; and what effect they will have on the size of the ethnic minority population of the cluster. [160852]

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Mrs. Roche: The National Asylum Support Service continuously researches and seeks advice on possible new cluster areas. There has been no proposal to include Cleethorpes as part of the Grimsby cluster area.


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