Legal Aid and Assistance

Date of Answer: 07.07.2010

Column References: 513 c284-5W

Member Tabling Question: McKinnell, Catherine

Topic: Asylum: Legal Aid and Assistance

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will postpone decisions on applications for asylum in all cases where the applicants were receiving legal aid and assistance from Refugee and Migrant Justice until arrangements have been made for alternative legal aid and assistance to be provided to them; and if she will make a statement.

Answering Department: Home Office

Member Answering Question: Green, Damian

Answer: While the UK Border Agency will take every care to ensure that former Refugee and Migrant Justice clients are not unreasonably affected and will treat individual cases sensitively, we are unable to give a blanket assurance that no adverse immigration decisions will be taken on their former clients until a new legal representative has been appointed.

Question Number: 5086

Date Tabled: 28.06.2010

Date for Answer: 01.07.2010