|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seekers are receiving (a) accommodation and subsistence support and (b) subsistence support only from the National Asylum Support Service. 
Angela Eagle: As at the end of September 2001 the number of asylum seekers (including dependants) supported in National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation was 32,890 1 , 2 . A further 19,900 1 , 2 asylum seekers (including dependants) were receiving voucher only support from NASS.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to produce guidelines for the protection of women seeking asylum based on the Immigration Appellate Authority's adopted comprehensive gender guidelines. 
Angela Eagle: We have not identified a need to issue separate guidance on dealing with women asylum seekers. However, in 2000 we reviewed our instructions to asylum caseworkers and incorporated some of the suggestions and principles contained in the guidelines produced by the Refugee Women's Legal Group.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people claimed asylum from (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Macedonia, (d) Yugoslavia and (e) Pakistan in each month since January 2000; and how many have (a) been accepted, (b) had their applications rejected, (c) returned to their country of origin and (d) are yet to have their application resolved; 
22 Jan 2002 : Column 834W
Angela Eagle: The number of applications lodged in the United Kingdom between January 2000 and September 2001, both in total and by nationals of the requested countries, is shown in Table 1. Information on the decision outcomes and removals relating to these applications is not readily available.
The number of asylum and exceptional leave to remain (ELR) grants made to nationals of the requested countries, and in total, and the number of applications refused are shown in Table 2. However, these initial decisions do not all relate to applications made in the same period. A proportion of applications which received an initial refusal result in an appeal being lodged.
Between January 2000 and September 2001, 15,810 principal asylum applicants (to the nearest five) were removed from the United Kingdom, including persons departing 'voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under assisted voluntary returns programmes. This figure excludes 570 dependants of asylum seekers who departed during the period April to September 2001. Comparable information on the numbers of Zimbabwean, Afghan, Macedonian, Yugoslavian and Pakistani asylum seekers removed over the same period is not available.
The number of applicants who have applied for asylum since 1 January 2000 and are currently awaiting an initial decision on their asylum application, and the number awaiting the outcome of appeal determinations, is not available, and would be available only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case files.
22 Jan 2002 : Column 835W
22 Jan 2002 : Column 836W
2002 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
(49) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 with * = 1 or 2.
(50) May exclude some cases lodged at local enforcement offices between January and March 2000.
(51) Provisional figures.
(52) The Former Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) is comprised of Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro but the majority of FRY applications are thought to be from Kosovars.
|Total initial decisions||2,035||12,245||405||24,285||8,200||159,010||206,180|
|of which considered under normal procedures|
|of which considered under backlog clearance exercise(57)|
|Granted asylum or ELR under backlog criteria||35||10||5||165||685||9,425||10,325|
|Refused under backlog criteria||5||*||*||35||65||1,225||1,335|
(53) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 with * = 1 or 2.
(54) Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
(55) Decisions figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in this period.
(56) Provisional figures.
(57) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre-1996 asylum application backlog.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people claimed asylum in the United Kingdom each month since January 2000 (a) having apparently arrived via another EU country, (b) having apparently arrived via a safe country outside the EU and (c) having apparently arrived direct from their country of origin; and how many have (i) been accepted, (ii) had their applications rejected, (iii) returned to their country of origin and (iv) yet to have their application resolved. 
Angela Eagle: I regret that reliable information on the entry routes of asylum seekers from their country of origin to the United Kingdom is not available. In 2000 more than two thirds of applications (68 per cent.) were made in-country (that is by people who had already entered the United Kingdom).
22 Jan 2002 : Column 837W
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of civilian casework officers in the police force to help reduce the paperwork of police officers; and what plans there are to increase their numbers. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 12 November 2001]: While recruitment is a matter for individual chief officers, we are committed to encouraging broader use of support staff to handle the paperwork involved in case preparation. The recently published "Diary of a Police Officer" found that police officers were spending almost as much time in the police station as they were on the street. A large part of this problem results from paperwork and changes are needed to enable officers to focus on delivering policing. The requirement for additional powers to enable support staff to deal with more of this work is being considered as part of the police reform programme.
In the White Paper "Policing a New Century", published on 5 December 2001, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced that he was setting up a task force, chaired by Sir David O'Dowd, to consider how to take forward the recommendations in "Diary of a Police Officer", and other relevant reports, in order to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens on the police.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|