Schedule 6 - Support for certain categories of migrant

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 10th November 2015.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 11:00 am, 10th November 2015

The Minister puts forward a number of good reasons for the decisions to be made within six months and prays in aid the service standard, which is to be supported, but the real question is: how many cases are actually decided within the service standard? We all have examples of where they are not. We know that the number is roughly 3,600. I am sure that the Minister did not welcome the ombudsman’s report published this morning, or at least reported on this morning, about the very high level of complaints upheld by the ombudsman, particularly in relation to immigration decision making. That does not mean that things are not moving in the right direction, but it does mean that very many cases are not decided within the six-month period.