Mr. Mudie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets have been set within her Department for the time for processing applications for leave to remain at each stage; and what the anticipated month and year is in which the application made by Mr Last Manzini (M1175940) in February 2005 will be decided. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on procedures in place for dealing with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the UK who are resident in Scotland. 
A number of discussions between the UK Border Agency and the Scottish Executive at official level have taken place over the past 12 months about
reforms of the support and management of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. These will continue as the reform progresses.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals from Zimbabwe have claimed asylum in the UK in each of the last 24 months; how many of these claims have been rejected; and how many rejections were made in whole or in part on the basis of a connection with Zanu-PF. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 July 2008]: The table gives the most recently published figures available and shows the total number of Zimbabwean principal asylum applications made between April 2006 and March 2008; and the total number of refusals, following initial decisions. The table includes people who have been refused asylum but have been granted humanitarian protection or discretionary leave. Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period. The requested information on those refused asylum on the basis of connection with Zanu-PF is unavailable as it is not collated centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.
Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 and the Q2 2008 Asylum Bulletin will be available on 21 August 2008 from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
|Asylum applications( 1) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, land initial decisions( 2) on applications, April 2006 to March 2008 by month, nationals of Zimbabwe|
|Applications||O f which:||Grants of :|
|Total||Total decisions||Grants of asylum||H umanitarian protection||D iscretionary leave||Refusals|
|* = One or two.|
(1) Provisional figures rounded to nearest five.
(2) Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
Immigration Research and Statistics
Ministers have already met their European Union counterparts on this issue several times in the past few months, including at the EU Justice and Home Affairs Formal Council in June. They have also discussed this topic with Members of the European Parliament, several of whom have visited the UKs central unit for the processing of passenger name record data.
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