§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases were awaiting an appeal hearing(a) on 1 May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Hoon
I have been asked to reply.
On 1 May 1997 there were a total of 23,863 asylum appeals awaiting to be heard of which 23,556 appeals were at the adjudicator tier and 307 appeals at the tribunal tier. On 1 October 1998 there were a total of 19,195 asylum appeals awaiting to be heard of which 17,802 appeals were at the adjudicator tier and 1,393 appeals at tribunal tier.