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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 27th October 2008.

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Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office, Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), Home Office, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), HM Treasury 2:30 pm, 27th October 2008

My hon. Friend raises the difficult issue of delayed asylum cases. The whole House would agree that it is right and proper that asylum seekers should be processed not only firmly, but quickly. That is why the focus of the Government's effort, with success, is to clear the backlog and ensure that we are processing cases better. We are now processing 60 per cent. of claims to conclusion within six months; 10 years ago, the figure was 22 months just to get to an initial decision.

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