For decisions made in the 12 months to July 2001, the average time between application and initial decision was 15 months. This average includes older cases decided as part of the reduction of the number of cases outstanding (see table).
Average time 1 between application and decision, for cases decided in the 12 months to July 2001:
|Average time in months(15)||Number of cases(15),(16)|
|Application pre 1996(17)||80||3,315|
(14) Calculated using all available data from the date the application is lodged to the date of the initial decision
(15) These data are still subject to revision following quality checking
(16) Figures are provisional and rounded to the nearest five. The number of cases quoted differs from published figures due to uncertainty concerning date of application in a small minority of cases
(17) Cases decided as part of the backlog clearance exercise, as part of measures outlined in the July 1998 White paper entitled "Fairer, Faster and Firmer—A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum"
The corresponding figure for cases decided in April 1997 was 20 months.