Language Analysis Testing

Home Department written question – answered on 17th June 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what proportion of asylum cases the UK Border Agency had used language analysis testing when such testing was suspended on 31 March 2010; and what plans she has to reintroduce such testing.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Management Information shows that the UK Border Agency carried out 2,735 language analysis tests on asylum cases between 2 February 2008 and 31 March 2010.

Management Information also shows that during this period there were 52,531 principal asylum applications submitted. However, it is not possible to say definitely what proportion of those cases were subject to language analysis testing because some individuals who underwent testing will have submitted their asylum application before 2 February 2008.

Please note that Management Information is not provided under National Statistics protocols and is therefore provisional and subject to change.

The UK Border Agency is undertaking a review of language analysis techniques in order to assess costs and benefits. On conclusion of this review, a decision will be made on whether and how to resume the process.

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