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Asylum Seekers

October 19, 2001

Question written on 19/10/2001

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department assessed the backlog of asylum applications as being in excess of 40,000.

Answered by Angela Eagle

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate completed a physical count of the asylum applications backlog on 4 September. Checks were then carried out to ensure that the count was correct but the announcement scheduled for 12 September was postponed following the terrorist attack in the United States.