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 Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche Minister of State, Home Office 12:00 am, 8th January 2001

I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman gets this so wrong, because he has some knowledge of this area. The key way of dealing with the matter is to put in more investment. The previous Government, of which the hon. Gentleman was a supporter, ran down the immigration and nationality department, and we lost asylum case workers in droves. The previous Government put in systems that clearly did not work. Enforcement is the way to deal with the matter.

The hon. Gentleman mentioned asylum removals. In 1999, more than 7,600 people were removed after the end of their unsuccessful applications, which is the highest figure ever.