§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied for asylum in the United Kingdom in each month of 1988 to October; how many were(a) refused and (b) granted; and how many were (i) detained and (ii) removed.
§ Mr. Renton
Information for the first two quarters of 1988 is given in table 1. Information on the number of asylum applicants detained is not collected in the form requested. However, table 2 gives the number of asylum applicants at ports who, on the first day of the month indicated, had been detained for more than one month.246W
Comprehensive information on the numbers of asylum applicants removed is not available centrally.
Table 1: Applications for asylums received and decided1 Number of persons January to March 1988 April to June 1988 Applications received 913 553 Decisions Granted refugee status 105 138 Refused asylum but granted leave to remain on exceptional grounds 200 339 Refused asylum 137 126 Applications withdrawn 90 111 1Provisional: likely be revised upwards.
Table 2: Number of asylums applications at ports detained for more
than one month
Number of persons on first day of month
1988 Number January 43 February 50 March 51 April 41 May 55 June 40 July 21 August 20 September 23 October 20 November 25