Home Office written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time is that a victim of modern slavery has to wait for a (a) reasonable grounds decision and (b) conclusive grounds decision.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The National Crime Agency (NCA) regularly publishes National Referral Mechanism data but does not collect data about the timescales for reaching reasonable grounds or conclusive grounds decisions by either UKVI or the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit in the NCA.

Between August 2015 and March 2017, the Home Office ran a pilot to test a new decision-making process. The evaluation of that pilot considered the time taken to reach reasonable and conclusive grounds decisions and this information is detailed in table B6 of the evaluation report, available at

The Government has announced reforms to the National Referral Mechanism, which includes measures aimed at improving decision-making timescales, such as the introduction of a new digital system.

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