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

If the right hon. Lady wants some more facts, I shall give her some. The figures were rising under the 1996 legislation. The average decision-making time in May 1997 was 20 months. The latest figure, from October, is 11 months. She says that she would abandon the civil penalty and immediately introduce cash benefit payments for asylum seekers. [Interruption.] There is no doubt that not only does she have no policies, but she does not have the support of her party to implement them.