Home Department written question – answered on 9th May 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 processing time is for a claim by an asylum seeker or refugee with extraordinary leave to remain for indefinite leave to remain; and how many such claims are in process as of 17 April.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

As of April 2007, there are just under 6,000 such applications(1)( )awaiting decision. An expanded team is working to clear these cases as quickly as possible.

The Border and Immigration Agency does not record average processing time.

The data are not provided under the national statistics protocols. They have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 100.

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