Home Office written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been waiting for an initial decision on their claim for (a) six months or more and (b) one year or more.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

At the end of October 2014, 9,844 asylum applications from main applicants were pending initial decision for six months or more and, of those, 5,423 for one year or more.

The figures provided are a subset of latest published statistics for applications received for asylum since April 2006 and published by the Home Office on a monthly basis. A copy of the latest release Monthly Asylum Applications October 2014 is available from:

The Home Office has robust plans in place and is working to ensure that straightforward asylum applications made before 1 April 2014 receive initial decisions by 31 March 2015 and straightforward asylum claims made after 1 April

2014 are decided within 6 months.

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