§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were received for asylum in October 1996 and November 1996; and what were the equivalent figures for 1995. 
§ Mr. Kirkhope
A total of 2,150 applications for asylum in the United Kingdom were lodged in October 1996 and 1,920 were lodged in the following month. The equivalent figures for the same months in 1995 were 4,595 and 4,715 respectively.