To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of failed asylum seekers were removed in the last year for which figures are available; and what the benchmark is against which delivery of the improvement, set out in the Public Service Agreement for which he is responsible, is to be measured.
The proportion of those removed in 2001–02 that were refused in the same period is only available by examination of individual case files at disproportionate costs.
11,500 failed asylum seekers and their dependants were removed in the last financial year.
As part of the Public Service Agreement process, the Treasury and spending departments agree, in the Technical Notes, the definition of the target and how its achievement will be measured. Following the same process as last time, the Spending Review 2002 Technical Notes will be agreed with the Treasury during the summer and published in the autumn.