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Immigration Offences

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were detained under Immigration Act powers for a period of more than two months on completion of a custodial sentence during 1992.

Thirty-nine people who completed a custodial sentence in 1992 were detained for more than two months under deportation powers. This figure does not include those subject to removal as illegal entrants, in relation to whom the information is not readily available. The same caveat should have applied to the replies given to similar questions from the hon. Member for Edinburgh Central (Mr. Darling) on 14 October 1991, column 21 and 13 July 1992 column 492. I regret that this was not made clear at the time.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the (a) passengers in total and (b) persons treated as illegal entrants who were granted temporary admission/release in 1992 subsequently absconded; and how many (i) later reported voluntarily to the immigration authorities and (ii) were rearrested.

The available information relates to the number of persons who absconded, either from detention or by failing to respond to the terms of temporary admission/release, and is given in the table. The other information requested is not available.

Absconders in 1992

Category of person

Numbers of persons

Illegal entrants223

1 May include some absconders recorded as "illegal entrants"