Asylum Support

Mcat – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th January 2013.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central 2:30 pm, 7th January 2013

When she expects to announce the asylum support rates for 2013-14.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

There are no current plans to change the asylum support rates, but we do of course keep the matter under constant review.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

The Minister’s Department has not made a decision on the asylum support rates in this financial year. He has therefore frozen the rates by default, without coming to the House to announce that decision. I understand from an announcement made in another place that a review is ongoing, but does he accept that kicking the matter into the long grass for a further year simply will not do?

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

I said in my answer that we keep the matter under review. There is no statutory provision to make an annual uprating, but we keep this under review and look at the figures. I have listened carefully to what the hon. Lady has said and I will consider the matter.