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Asylum: Sexuality

Question for Home Office

UIN 2634, tabled on 21 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the accuracy of the data in the report Experimental Statistics: Asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation updated on in August 2019.

Answered on

5 November 2019

Experimental statistics are statistics which are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage. They allow producers of statistics to better understand the strengths and limitations of the data, the value to users, as well as the quality and volatility of the data.

Case workers are required to ensure the information recorded on the system is robust, by flagging asylum cases involving sexual orientation issues at the point where the issue is raised in the claim. Statisticians continue to work with operational colleagues, and monitor trends in the data, to ensure the data are of high quality, and the strengths and limitations are well understood and communicated to users. Users are invited to provide feedback on the statistics.

The ‘experimental’ nature of the statistics is kept under review in line with UK Statistics Authority guidelines.

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Home Office