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Asylum Seekers/Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Humfrey Malins Humfrey Malins Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in relation to the Oakington Reception Centre, for the second quarter of 2002, how many (a) appeals were received following refusals, (b) appellants remain in custody, (c) appellants are at addresses known to his Department, (d) appeals have been determined and (e) failed appellants have been removed.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

holding answer 1 December 2003

There were 2,160 appeals received for claims decided at the Oakington Reception Centre out of 2,270 refused asylum applications in the second quarter of 2002. Appellants are not routinely detained at Oakington pending their appeal, although some may be in detention at Immigration Service Removal Centres, at Immigration Short Term Holding Facilities, and at prison establishments. Information on the number of appellants in detention and information on the current address of an appellant is not readily available and could only be verified at disproportionate cost. The number of appeals determined on the 2,160 received in the second quarter of 2002 was 1,995. The number of failed applicants who have been removed could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case files.

Information on Oakington and other asylum statistics is published quarterly. The most recent publication covering the third quarter of 2003 is now available on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

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