asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland on 8 January (WA 23), whether the average costs of deportation appeals before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal include the costs of asylum appeals (whether brought against deport decisions or non-deport decisions); what is the average cost of an asylum appeal where the Home Office is represented by (a) a presenting officer, and (b) Treasury counsel; and whether the average costs relate only to a hearing before the tribunal or, in addition to other proceedings, including case management review hearings, other "for mention" hearings, adjourned hearings, and any onward reconsideration applications and hearings.
The average cost of an asylum appeal before the tribunal where the Home Office is represented by a Home Office presenting officer is £2,237. The average cost where the Home Office is represented by Treasury counsel is £3,288. There is no difference between the average cost of a deportation appeal hearing and that of an asylum appeal hearing.
The figures represent an average of all asylum hearings before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal for the past financial year, including the costs incurred by the tribunal and the average cost for providing a presenting officer or Treasury counsel.