Asylum: Travel

Home Department written question – answered on 17th April 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to process travel documents for asylum seekers with exceptional leave to remain in the UK when applying for permission to leave and return to the United Kingdom was in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only by interrogating individual records to establish a breakdown of decisions by document type, which would incur disproportionate cost. The performance targets for processing all types of travel document applications are:

70 per cent. dispatched in 20 working days; and

90 per cent. dispatched in 70 working days.

The latest performance data available for February 2007 are:

91 per cent. dispatched in 20 working days; and

95 per cent. dispatched in 70 working days.

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