Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

873 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of recommendations regarding grant or refusal of asylum made in each of the past two years by assessors within his Department which were rejected by a supervising higher executive officer; the number of recommendations so approved which were rejected by a deciding officer of assistant principal grade or higher; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19507/00]

The type of statistical information requested by the Deputy is not maintained, as it forms part of the normal deliberative process on each asylum application, and the information could not be extracted without the diversion of a disproportionate amount of staff resources which at this time would not be warranted.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

874 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of actions by way of judicial review brought against decisions to refuse asylum made in each of the past two years; the breakdown of the outcomes of these actions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19508/00]

My Department's records indicate that 58 actions by way of judicial review for the period October 1998 to September 2000 have been brought against decisions to refuse asylum. A breakdown of this figure and the outcome of these actions are outlined as follows:

October 1998-September 1999

Number of actions taken:

8

Breakdown of outcome:

2 cases struck out on consent2 cases withdrawn1 case decided in favour of my Department1 case decided in favour of applicant which my Department has appealed.2 cases ongoing

October, 1999-September, 2000

Number of actions taken:

50

Breakdown of outcome:

2 cases settled on consent1 case struck out on consent1 case decided in favour of my Department46 cases ongoing