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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers from Algeria were (a) granted asylum, (b) rejected for asylum and in subsequent appeal and (c) were removed from the UK in each of the last 10 years; 
Beverley Hughes: The available information is provided in the tables. The appeals allowed and dismissed figures, and the figures for removals and voluntary departures, given do not necessarily relate to the refusals in the same year. These could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records. The figures exclude subsequent appeals (court of appeal, judicial review and the House of Lords).
|Cases considered under normal procedures||Backlog clearance exercise|
|Applications received||Total initial decisions||Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum||Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave||Total refused||Grants of ELR under backlog criteria(25),(26)||Non compliance refusals under backlog criteria(25),(27)||Removals and voluntary departures(24)|
(21) Figures rounded to nearest 5
(22) Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
(23) Includes persons departing 'voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration, and removals on safe third country grounds.
(24) The refusal figures for each year do not necessarily relate to the applications received in the same year. The removals figures for each year do not necessarily relate to initial decisions made or appeals heard in the same year.
(25) Cases decided under pragmatic measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum backlog.
(26) Includes cases where asylum or exceptional leave has been granted under the backlog criteria.
(27) Includes some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.
(28) Equals 1 or 2.
(30) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January 1999 and March 2000.
(31) ases considered under the normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.
(32) rom October 2000, the source for data on decisions changed. The nationality breakdown is therefore not directly comparable with previous months.
(33) ationality data is not available for 1999 and 2000 due to data quality issues on IS enforcement databases
(34) rovisional data.
|Appeals determined by adjudicators(36)|
(35) Provisional estimated figures rounded to the nearest 5.
(36) Figures are based on the cases for which information is recorded on the Refugee Index for the years 1994 to 1998.
(37) Appeals data by nationality are not available.
(38) Equals 1 or 2.
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Information on the number of asylum applications, initial decisions and removals is published quarterly on the Home Office website at http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html. The next publication will be available from 28 February and will cover the final quarter of 2002.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Algerians have been granted (a) temporary leave to stay and (b) permanent leave to stay in the UK in each of the last 10 years. 
Beverley Hughes: The table gives the number of Algerian nationals granted leave to enter, extensions of leave to remain and settlement (leave to stay permanently) in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.
|Passengers given leave to enter the UK (number of journeys)||Grants of extensions of leave to remain (number of decisions)||Grants of settlement (number of persons)|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, or three significant figures.
2. The figures given for passengers given leave to enter the UK are of the numbers of journeys made. A person who makes more than one journey is counted on each occasion.
3. Asylum-related grants of settlement rose sharply in 1999 and 2000 due to (a) a change in the rules reducing the qualifying periods for people granted asylum and exceptional leave to remain, and effectively increasing the number of people eligible for settlement and (b) grants of asylum or exceptional leave to remain under a backlog criteria which contributed significantly to the increase but has now largely been completed.
Detailed information on general immigration can be found in the Home Office publication, "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2001", available in the Library and via the Home Office website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/commandpubs1.html
Diana Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of the asylum process, including appeals, was for individuals who arrived in the UK in 2002. 
Beverley Hughes: The information is not available for individuals who applied for asylum in 2002 because some applications are still awaiting initial decision or appeals outcomes.
Information on the average time for cases decided, up to and including final appeal, will be published in the Home Office's Annual Report in order to report on the Public Service Agreement (PSA) target 7 published in July 2002.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum, broken down by country of origin, have had their applications refused since 22 October 2001; and how many are known (a) to have left the United Kingdom and (b) to have remained within the United Kingdom. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 February 2003]: Information on asylum applications is published quarterly and provides data on initial decisions, appeal outcomes, and removals, by nationality for the latest available calendar months and quarter.
The tables show the number of refusals from initial decisions of asylum applications, and the number of asylum applicants removed from the United Kingdom, between 1 October 2001 and 30 September 2002. This information excludes the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions. Some applicants refused at the initial decision stage will be awaiting the outcome of appeals.
The removal figures do not necessarily relate to the initial decision refusals in the same period. Information on the total number of failed applicants known to have left the United Kingdom and the number known to have remained within the United Kingdom is not available. This could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records. In addition some applicants may leave the United Kingdom without informing the Immigration Service.
Information on the number of asylum applications, initial decisions and removals is published quarterly on the Home Office website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html. The next publication will be available from 28 February and will cover the final quarter of 2002.
|Initial decisions||Total Refused|
|Other Former USSR||1,855||1,660|
|Other Former Yugoslavia||200||175|
|Dem Rep of Congo||2,055||1,545|
|Nationality not known||260||175|
(39) Figures rounded to nearest five, and are provisional.
(40) Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
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|Qtr 4 2001||Qtr 1 2002||Qtr 2 2002||Qtr 3 2002||Total removed|
1. Includes persons departing "voluntarily" after enforcement action has been initiated against them and persons leaving under the Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the IOM.
2. Provisional data, rounded to the nearest five.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been refused support by NASS on the basis of not having made their claim as soon as is reasonably practicable after arriving in the UK on each day since 8 January. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 February 2003]: Statistics on the operation of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, which came into force on 8 January 2003, will be released in due course.
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