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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of asylum seekers subject to section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 decision who were granted access to asylum support in (a) the third quarter of 2003, (b) the last quarter of 2003 and (c) the first quarter of 2004.
Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 came into force on
The table shows the proportions of asylum seekers that were considered eligible for support under section 55, in quarter 3 and 4 of 2003, and quarter 1 of 2004:
|Quarter||Total cases referred for a section 55 decision(14)||Number eligible for support under section 55(14)||Proportion eligible for support under section 55 1 (percentage)|
(14) Figures rounded to the nearest 5, and do not include dependants.
Information on the number of asylum seekers supported by NASS is published in the quarterly web pages and in the annual statistical bulletin, "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", available from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html