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Turkish Nationals: Asylum Application Data

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: With the exception of refusals on safe third country grounds and some refusals on non-compliance grounds, all asylum applications are given full consideration before an initial decision is made. The available breakdown of initial decisions and appeal outcomes is given in the tables.

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Table 1. Decisions on applications(1) for asylum in the United Kingdom from Turkish nationals, excluding dependants, 1992 to 1996 and January to September 1997 number of principal applicants

19921993199419951996(2)1997 January to September
Total decisions2,6401,9151,1459951,4051,280
Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum46034090505560
Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain(3)1,53586555352015
Total refusals6457101,0009101,3301,205
Refused asylum and exceptional leave after full consideration1504857757201,000765
Refused on safe third country grounds9011080150310400
Refused on non-compliance grounds(4)405115150402040

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5.

(2) Provisional figures.

(3) Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.

(4) Paragraph 340 (paragraph 101 prior to 26 July 1993) of the Immigration Rules, for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitations to interview to establish identity.

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Table 2. Outcome of appeals(5)(6) under the 1993 Act determined by adjudicators of the Immigration Appeals Authority, excluding dependants, for Turkish nationals, 1994 to 1996

Total determinations190435620
Without foundation appeals referred to the Secretary of State for further consideration201530

(5) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5.

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

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Wales: Higher Education Funding

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether additional funds will be made available for higher education in Wales in line with the increases already announced for England and Scotland.

Lord Williams of Mostyn: On 5 November my honourable friend Mr. Peter Hain announced that an additional £10 million will be available for higher education in Wales for 1998-99. This new investment will match proportionately the package recently announced for England by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment.

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