Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those charged with terrorist offences since September 2001 are known to have previously sought asylum.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration), Minister of State (HM Treasury) (also in the Home Office)

holding answer 31 March 2008

BIA do not hold information in the format requested. Combined statistics on the numbers charged with terrorist offences who have previously claimed asylum are not routinely kept by either BIA or the Metropolitan police.

The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost by examining individual case records.

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