Immigration and Asylum

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th January 2001.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Conservative, Blaby 12:00 am, 8th January 2001

I am sure the Minister would agree that that is hardly an adequate answer. She has just admitted that she has no idea how many people are disappearing daily into the woodwork and living in this country illegally, inevitably placing great pressure on public services. Does she agree that the ease with which people can disappear in this country encourages the ghastly trade in unfortunate human beings, of which we have seen so much? Can she confirm that almost nine out of 10 asylum applications are refused? In November, 7,250 applications were made, yet only 596 deportations took place. What does the Minister intend to do to ensure that British law is upheld?