§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for refugee status are outstanding; how many individuals are covered by these applications; and what is the average length of time taken to determine an application.
§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
At 30 September 1994—the latest date for which the information is available—the estimated number of asylum applications outstanding is 52,760 which comprises an estimated 69,500 principal applicants and their dependants.
The estimated average length of time between the receipt of an asylum application and the decision, for cases decided on applications for asylum received since the introduction of the Asylum and Immigration Appeal Act 1993, from 26 July 1993 to 30 September 1994, was 4.7 months.