Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department

Press Notice No.4 of Session 2002-03      28 February 2003



The Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department has resolved to undertake an inquiry into the immigration and asylum appeals process. Submissions are invited on any aspect of the appeals process, but the Committee will have particular regard during this inquiry to:

•the extent to which recent reforms have produced any significant efficiency savings and/or improved the quality of the appeals process

•the costs to public funds of supporting new appeals structures, such as the Asylum Support Adjudicators, and of supporting the extension of legal aid

•the extent to which the Immigration Appellate Authorities could be made more efficient, without sacrificing fairness

•whether the relevant procedure rules properly balance fairness and justice with efficiency

•whether there is sufficient availability and provision both of legal advice and representation and of interpretation facilities for appellants in asylum and immigration cases

•the extent to which "non-suspensive" appeals provide an adequate right of appeal.

Submissions  should be  sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above by Friday 4th April.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to or on a disk.  If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, your covering e-mail should state clearly who the submission is from, together with relevant contact details, and a letter should be sent validating the e-mail.  Attention is drawn to the guidance on the submission of evidence which can be found at

Please note that the Committee's terms of reference specifically preclude it from consideration of individual cases.


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