Asylum: Sexuality

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the accuracy of the data in the report Experimental Statistics: Asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation updated on in August 2019.

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

Experimental statistics are statistics which are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage. They allow producers of statistics to better understand the strengths and limitations of the data, the value to users, as well as the quality and volatility of the data.

Case workers are required to ensure the information recorded on the system is robust, by flagging asylum cases involving sexual orientation issues at the point where the issue is raised in the claim. Statisticians continue to work with operational colleagues, and monitor trends in the data, to ensure the data are of high quality, and the strengths and limitations are well understood and communicated to users. Users are invited to provide feedback on the statistics.

The ‘experimental’ nature of the statistics is kept under review in line with UK Statistics Authority guidelines.

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