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Asylum Applicants: Dispersal Information

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Information on the number of asylum applicants dispersed is not available in precisely the form requested.

Under the interim voluntary dispersal scheme operated by the Local Government Association and the Association of London Government/London Asylum Seekers Consortium, 1,797 households have been offered dispersal since 6 December 1999.

The available information shows the number of offers of dispersal made to asylum applicants and their dependants. This information is shown in the table.

The standard of accommodation provided under the voluntary dispersal scheme is the responsibility of the local authority supporting the asylum seeker. The relevant standards are the same as those applied when rehousing any homeless residents.

Table showing the dispersal offers made to asylum seekers and their dependants who made an asylum application in London or Kent under the interim voluntary dispersal scheme as at 15 March 2000.

Asylum Seekers--Interim Scheme 1. Dispersal by Region

From
LondonKentTotal
To
North West66349712
North East2565261
Yorkshire/Humberside285186471
West Midlands551267
East Midlands98098
Wales000
East000
South West24731
South Central1570157
Total1,5382591,797

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2. Dispersal by Region/Local Authority

Number
North West
Liverpool259
Bolton44
Blackburn35
Manchester46
Oldham26
Blackpool19
Salford63
Wigan48
Bury52
Rochdale62
Trafford15
Tameside23
Stockport20
North East
Newcastle103
Sunderland49
Redcar26
North Tyneside33
Gateshead32
Middlesbrough9
South Tyneside9
Yorkshire/Humberside
Calderdale11
Wakefield93
Kirklees70
Sheffield75
Barnsley41
Leeds39
Grimsby88
Rotherham38
Bradford9
Doncaster7
West Midlands
Wolverhampton23
Birmingham10
Dudley12
Warwick2
Coventry1
Sandwell19
East Midlands
Derby86
Nottingham12
Wales
NIL
East
NIL
South West
Gloucester23
Devon5
Swindon3
South Central
Basingstoke16
Portsmouth120
Bournemouth21



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