HOME AFFAIRS – ASYLUM SEEKERS – 15 February 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: Is there any possibility of a Home Office Minister making a statement to the House on the policy for the treatment of people seeking asylum in this country, given that genuine asylum seekers would have no objection at all to being held in detention until it was shown that their applications were genuine? It would then be possible to see whether there was any alternative to the Conservative policy of having comprehensive detention, which will ensure that those who deserve asylum get it and that the vast majority who do not are not able to get into society illegally, as is happening under this Government.