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|Table 2: Grants of an extension of leave to remain( 1, 2) in the United Kingdom for nationals of Afghanistan|
|Number of grants|
|(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (- = 0, * = 1 or 2).|
(2 )Excludes dependants of principal applicants, asylum related decisions and withdrawn applications.
Includes reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals.
|Table 3: Grants of settlement( 1, 2, 3, 4) in the United Kingdom for nationals of Afghanistan|
|Number of persons|
|(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (- = 0, * = 1 or 2).|
(2 )Includes dependants, reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals.
(3 )Also includes asylum-related cases and therefore may include persons counted in Table 1.
(4 )Data from 2003 exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.
Mr. Woolas: The following table shows the number of asylum cases who were removed or departed voluntarily from the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January 2004 and March 2009.
|Removals and voluntary departures( 1) of asylum cases( 2) to the Democratic Republic of Congo, January 2004 to March 2009|
|Number of departures( 3, 4)|
|2004||2005||2006||2007( 5)||2008( 5)||January to March 2009( 5)|
|(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest 5 (- = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.|
(2) Includes persons departing voluntarily after notifying the UK Border Agency of their intention to leave prior to their departure, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration and since January 2005, persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.
(3) Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken.
(4) Destination as recorded on source database.
(5) Provisional figures. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.
(6) Figures exclude dependants.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum from residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been rejected in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Woolas: Asylum information on residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo is unavailable. However, the number of principal asylum applicants, who were refused asylum at initial decision, from nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo were 1,540 in 2004, 985 in 2005, 470 in 2006, 315 in 2007 and 185 in 2008 (figures are rounded to the nearest five and 2007 and 2008 are provisional).
Information on asylum decisions is published annually and quarterly. The latest version was published on 27 August 2009 and is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These data are provisional and may be subject to change.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women considered to be at risk were accepted via the Gateway resettlement programme in each of the last five years. 
Alan Johnson: UNHCR refers refugees to UKBA for resettlement consideration under a number of different categories including woman at risk. UKBA does not keep a record of the breakdown by resettlement category of refugees accepted via the Gateway programme.
Since 2008 for internal purposes a record has however been kept of the number of refugees referred by UNHCR to UKBA under the category of woman at risk. In calendar year 2008, 46 cases (150 refugees in total) were resettled under the Gateway Programme who had been referred under the category of woman at risk.
Alan Johnson: The Asylum Instruction entitled "Gender Issues in the Asylum Claim" was introduced in early 2004. The instruction provides guidance to caseworkers considering claims for asylum where sexual or gender identity-related issues have been raised. The UKBA quality audit team checks compliance with all UKBA instructions in a proportion of decisions. This includes where relevant, whether the decision maker has followed the instruction on gender. The result of each audit is fed back to decision makers and managers to ensure quality of decisions improves and the quality team make additional recommendations on any issues which they feel impact on quality at national level to ensure these can be addressed.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those who sought asylum cited a life threatening response to a change in religion as the main or a contributory factor in their application in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Woolas: The UK Border Agency does not collate data on the reasons why individuals have claimed asylum. The requested information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of case files belonging to individuals who have claimed asylum in each of the last five years.
Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. Asylum Statistics United Kingdom and the Asylum Bulletin are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is made for those seeking asylum to have their initial interview conducted by a person of a specific religious affiliation. 
Mr. Woolas: UK Border Agency case owners are trained to deal professionally and impartially with all types of asylum applications and a case owner's faith should have no bearing upon his or her handling of an application. It would not be practical or desirable to exclude case owners from interviewing applicants due to the faith of either party. The UK Border Agency values the diversity of its workforce and it would be unacceptable to discriminate against those of a certain faith or ethnic background.
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were supported in accommodation in each Parliamentary constituency in Scotland on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woolas: Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. The Quarterly Control of Immigration Statistics Q2 2009 and the annual Control of Immigration Statistics 2008 were published on 27 August 2009 and are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:
|Asylum seekers supported in accommodation( 1, 2, 3) in Scotland by parliamentary constituency, as at end of March 2009|
|Parliamentary constituency name( 4)||Number|
|(1) Provisional figures (other than percentages) rounded to the nearest 5 with "*" = 1 or 2. Figures may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.|
(2) Excludes unaccompanied asylum-seeking children supported by local authorities, estimated around 4,500 in March 2009.
(3) Excludes those in initial accommodation, 1,250 as at end of March 2009.
(4) Only those parliamentary constituencies where dispersed cases are resident are shown.
(5) Local authorities with fewer than 15 cases, when rounded, are grouped by region as "Other".
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