§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will ensure that asylum seekers and others subject to detention on, or after, arrival are informed of the reasons for their detention, in writing in a language they understand, and also of their rights of appeal and to seek bail.
§ Baroness Blatch
All immigration detainees are informed of the reasons for detention orally, in a language which they can understand, with an interpreter present if necessary. All unsuccessful asylum applicants have a right of appeal and are given written guidance on how to exercise this right. All detainees also have information on
Table A: Applications received for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and decisions, 1989 to June 1994 Number of principal applicants Applications received1 2 Decisions1 2 3 Applications pending at end of period Refusals Total decisions Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum4 Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave Total refused Refused asylum and exceptional leave after full consideration Refused on safe third country grounds Refused under para. 180F of Immigration Rules5 1 January–30 June 19946 14,730 9,360 385 1,680 7,300 5,870 480 950 50,040 1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5. 2 Figures exclude information on applications made overseas. 3 Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period. 4 Excluding South East Asian refugees. 5 For failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitation to interview to establish identity. 6 Provisional figures.
how to seek legal advice and assistance, which would include advice on their right to apply for bail.