Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2002-03, dated 26 February 2003


The Home Affairs Committee has decided, following on from its inquiry into Asylum and Immigration: Removals, to conduct a further inquiry into Asylum Applications, with the following terms of reference:

  1. What are the reasons for the rise in asylum applications to the UK over the last ten years?

  2. How adequately and fairly are asylum applications managed today?  How did the backlog of asylum determinations arise?  Is it being dealt with satisfactorily?

  3. How adequately is support provided to asylum seekers by the National Asylum Support Service?

  4. How appropriately is detention used in respect of asylum applicants?

  5. What will be the effects on the management of asylum applications of changes made in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and the Prime Minister's pledge to halve the number of asylum seekers by September 2003?

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,000 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry.  Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by 25 March.  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.

Note to Editors

Links to the text of Committee reports, minutes of evidence and press notices can be accessed through the  web address below.  Details of the Committee's inquiry into Asylum and Immigration: Removals, including transcripts of evidence sessions held, can also be found on the website.