Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

  Session 2002-03, dated 30 October 2003


Request for further evidence

The Home Affairs Committee has been conducting an inquiry into Asylum Applications.  The Committee is seeking further written evidence in the light of recent developments, in particular:

• the Government's announcement on 24 October that up to 15,000 families who sought asylum in the UK more than three years ago will be considered for permission to live and work here, and

• the Government's proposed new legislative measures on asylum announced on 27 October.

Submissions of no more than 2,000 words are invited from interested parties.  As the Committee hopes shortly to finalise its report, there is a tight deadline for submissions, of Wednesday 12 November.  Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee.  If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk or on a disk.  Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm