asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many failed asylum seekers have been deported to Iran in each of the past three years.
A total of 390 asylum applicants (including dependants) were removed or departed voluntarily to Iran in 2005; 475 in 2006 and 480 in 2007. Figures include persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. Figures are rounded to the nearest five and information for 2006 and 2007 is provisional.
It is not possible to say what stage in the asylum process the returnees as a whole have reached at the time of their removal, including whether their claim has failed at that point, because those departing voluntarily can do so at any stage.
Further information on asylum removals from the UK is available from the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration -asylum-stats.html.