UK PARLIAMENT Questions on asylum and Sri Lanka by Gareth Thomas MP (Labour)

10594Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Harrow West, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of returning failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka on the ability of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights to investigate violations of human rights in that country; and if she will make a statement.

James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Harrow West, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan asylum seekers who claimed asylum in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012, (e) 2013 and (f) 2014, have been found to be victims of torture; and if she will make a statement.

11640James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Harrow West, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been victims of torture have been removed to Sri Lanka in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

The Home Office does not collate statistics on this matter. All information pertaining to an individuals asylum claim is recorded on their case file. The Home Office does not remove anyone unless they are satisfied that they are not at risk of persecution.