The Legal Aid Department handed out about 150 questionnaires to people seeking right of abode yesterday to try to deal with long queues of claimants. It was decided to distribute the questionnaires as up to 400 claimants clambered to lodge applications outside the High Court, where police had to set up barricades to maintain order. A spokeswoman for the department said there was not enough staff to cope with all the applications at once, and the questionnaires would help screen out those who did not qualify for right of abode. Claimants were required to provide information including when they came to Hong Kong, whether they had made a claim before, personal details, contact numbers and their grounds for applying. 'If there are no reasonable grounds, the department might not grant legal aid,' the spokeswoman said. This was a reference to recent rulings handed down by two Court of First Instance judges rejecting abode claims involving more than 5,000 migrants. Father Franco Mella, representing some of the over-stayers at the High Court yesterday, said: 'Until now, all the previous court rulings were bad news to us. But we still have high hopes as we are united.' One of the over-stayers asked: 'Why can some of the people stay here while others can't? It's so unclear. We're all children of Hong Kong people. The Government should be fair to us all.' Mr Justice Frank Stock and Mr Justice Wally Yeung Chun-kuen have dismissed the applications for judicial review of more than 5,000 migrants in the past two weeks, saying the applicants were not entitled to stay in the SAR. Six illegal migrants were deported yesterday, bringing the total number of abode seekers sent home in the past three days to 19, the Immigration Department said. The deportations are aimed at getting across the message that illegal migrants who do not satisfy the requirements set out in the re-interpretation of the Basic Law by Beijing should leave voluntarily. A January 1999 ruling by the Court of Final Appeal said that mainlanders with a parent who is a permanent SAR resident qualified for right of abode. This was overturned by the National People's Congress in June, which ruled that only mainlanders with a parent who was a permanent resident at the time of their birth were eligible for right of abode. About 1,000 people have filed claims for right of abode with the Government in addition to the 103 rejected on Tuesday and the 5,350 turned down on June 30. About 47,000 mainlanders claiming right of abode arrived in the SAR during the period between the handover and the re-interpretation, according to department statistics. A further 20,000 mainlanders came to Hong Kong after the reinterpretation.