Parliamentary questions

Parliamentary questions have a significant role in the House of Commons. They allow Members of Parliament to hold the Government to account, using either oral questions to Ministers in the Chamber of the House of Commons or written questions


On 31 March 2014 Sarah Teather MP submitted the following written question: “To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants receiving support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 have been receiving support for more than (a) two years, (b) four years and (c) six years; and if she will make a statement.”

James Brokenshire MP responded: “Data specific to your request can be found in the following table.”

Band cases Number
Up to two years 2,008
More than two years 822
More than four years 473
More than six years 212
Total 3,515

 Sarah Teather submitted a further question: “To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will announce the asylum support rates for 2014-15.”

James Brokenshire replied: “There are no immediate plans to change the support rates provided to destitute asylum seekers.”

diane abbott mp

Diane Abbott MP submitted a question: “To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Refugee Council, When Maternity Doesn’t Matter, what steps her Department has taken to reform the dispersal policy of the former UK Border Agency.”

James Brokenshire replied: “The report covers procedures for accommodating pregnant asylum seekers who are destitute. The Home Office has been consulting about changes to these procedures and is considering some detailed suggestions by the Refugee Council and Maternity Action. Once that is completed we will move towards finalising and publishing revised guidance on the procedures.”



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