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Beverley Hughes: We received a number of written representations regarding the general issue of asylum seekers and entitlement to work earlier this year as part of the wider consultation exercise on our White Paper, 'Secure Borders, Safe Haven'. All of these responses have been placed in the Library, with the exception of those respondents who indicated they did not wish their responses to be published.
We did not consult directly with other organisations immediately prior to announcing abolition of the concession. Improved timeliness of initial decisions by the Immigration Nationality Directorate had made the concession largely irrelevant in practice so wider consultation would have added no real value.
Mr Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from Cameroon applied for asylum in the UK in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) to date this year; and what percentage was successful in each year. 
Beverley Hughes: The information requested is given in the table. Data on initial decisions are independent of applications data, and do not all necessarily relate to applications lodged in the same period.
| Initial Decisions
||Total applications(16) ||Total initial decisions||Cases considered under normal procedures(17) ||Cases considered under backlog clearance exercise(18)
||Total||Grants of asylum (percentage)||Grants of ELR||Refusals||Total ||Grants of asylum or ELR||Refusals(19)
||January to June 2002p ||280||265||265||7||9||85||-||-||-
(14) Figures (other than percentages) rounded to the nearest five.
(15) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
(16) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January and March 2000.
(17) Cases considered under the normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.
(18) Case decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.
(19) Includes some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.
p Provisional data.
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Information on appeals is given in the table. Appeals in any given time period do not necessarily relate to initial decisions made by the Home Office. The figures exclude any further appeals (Immigration Appeals Tribunal, Court of Appeal, judicial review, House of Lords).
|Total Determined||Allowed (perentage)||Dismissed (percentage)||Withdrawn(21)|
|January to June 2002||165||29||68||2|
(20) Provisional estimated figutrse rounded (other than percentrages) to the nearest 5.
(21) Includes appeals withdrawn by the appellant and the Home Office.
N/A Date are not available for 2000.
Information on asylum applications and initial decisions is published quarterly. The next publication will cover the third quarter (July to September) of 2002 and will be available from 29 November 2002 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate web site at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1 .html.
Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have been repatriated in each month for the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|Month||Sri Lankan Principal applicants(22),(23)|
(22) Estimates of asylum removals by nationalityprincipal applicants removed only. Includes persons departing 'voluntarily' after the initiation of enforcement action against them, and persons leaving under assisted voluntary returns programmes run by the international organisation for migration
(23) Figures are rounded to nearest five.
I regret that it is not possible to determine how many were repatriated, as persons removed from the UK are not necessarily returned to their country of origin. Information on the destination of those removed is not collated centrally and could only be obtained by examination of individual casefiles at disproportionate cost.
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Mr Love: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent information on in-country conditions in Sri Lanka have been received from (a) other Government departments and (b) other organisations relating to the return of failed Tamil asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The Sri Lanka country assessment was updated in October 2002. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British High Commission in Colombo both contribute up to date information and check the accuracy of the document. A range of other information is used from organisations such as Amnesty International, the British Refugee Council and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. A full list of the source material from these organisations can be found at annex D of the Country Assessment, which will be posted imminently on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk.
|Number/Position||Name||Date of appointment||Remuneration (#)|
|Beverley Bernard as Deputy Chair||Beverley Bernard|
|Beverley Bernard||7 August 2002|
|1 July 2000||(24) 100,000.00|
|2. Deputy Chair (Acting)|
|Khurshid Ahmed as Commissioner||Khurshid Ahmed||23 August 2002|
|1 April 2002||(25) 250.00|
|3. Deputy Chair (Acting)|
|Ian Barr as Commissioner representing the interests of the CBI||Ian Barr||23 August 2002|
|1 April 2002||(25) 250.00|
|4. Commissioner representing Scottish Interests||Kay Hampton||1 April 2002||(26) 4,612.00|
|5. Commissioner representing Welsh Interests||Cherry Short||1 April 1998||(26) 4,612.00|
|6. Commissioner representing the interest of the TUC||Gloria Mills||1 April 2002||(26) 3,075.00|
|7.||Jagdish Gundara||1 April 2002||(26) 3,075.00|
|8.||Sarah Spencer||1 April 2002||(26) 3,075.00|
|9.||Patrick Passley||1 April 1999||(26) 3,075.00|
|10.||Shushila Patel||1 April 1999||(26) 3,075.00|
|11.||Gita Sootarsing||1 April 1999||(26) 3,075.00|
|12.||Kamaljett Jandu||1 June 2000||(26) 3,075.00|
(24) Pro rata
(25) A day
(26) Per annum(Commissioners are required to commit a minimum 20 days per annum, 30 days for those representing Scottish and Welsh interests
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Beverley Hughes: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary met Beverley Bernard, the Acting Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), on 30 October. This was the first official meeting as, due to diary commitments, previous meetings have not been possible.
The Home Secretary has regular quarterly meetings with the Chair or Acting Chair of the CRE to keep each other updated on issues of current and mutual interest with regard to race relations and equality. They also meet on other occasions during the year.
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