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 Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins Conservative, Woking 12:00 am, 8th January 2001

I accept that there has been substantial investment in the immigration and nationality directorate, and the Government have done well there. However, there are four important categories of people to be looked at. One is illegal immigrants, and another is disappeared asylum seekers However, there are also those who are not current asylum seekers, whose asylum cases have been decided and all of whose appeals have failed. There are also those whose immigration appeals have been decided and failed. It is likely that well over 100,000 of people are in those four categories in this country, whom the Government—as far as I can see—are simply not trying to trace. The Government must understand that those people are using a great deal of our public services, which cannot be allowed to continue.