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Asylum: Interviews

Question for Home Office

UIN 125269, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many specialist decision-making units are operational in her Department; how many decisions they have made since their introduction; and what their turnaround rate is in comparison to the normal decision making route.

Answered on

25 February 2022

The Home Office currently have several specialist decision-making units, including but not limited to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and older claims.

We are unable to report how many decisions the specialist decision making units have made since their introduction as this information is not recorded and held in a reportable format, however we can provide the number of asylum decisions, broken down by nationality, and can be found at, Asy_D02 of the published immigration statistics:

List of tables - GOV.UK (

The decision-making route remains the same for all asylum applications however we have created additional hubs to provide a greater ownership, improved consistency, and management of the cohorts to ensure quick decisions can be made.

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