Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    25. Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in projecting housing needs, what assumption he has made of the number of asylum seekers who will remain in the UK in each year up to 2016. [152932]

    Mr. Raynsford: Household projections, and population projections on which they are based, are one piece of the evidence used to assess housing requirements. In forming projections of population growth the Government Actuary‘s Department includes projections of asylum seekers allowed to remain per annum based on information from the Home Office. The UK national 1996-based population projections included a long-term assumption of 5,000 asylum seekers allowed to remain per annum. Figures for England are not available. The latest 1996-based household projections for England were based on these population projections.

    More recent information from the Home Office has enabled the Government Actuary‘s Department to incorporate a higher long-term projection of 20,000 asylum seekers allowed to remain per annum in the latest 1998-based population projections for the UK.

    20th March 2001 (Ref: 365 c116-17W)