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Immigration Offences

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were received into prison department establishments under Immigration Act powers during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993 to the latest convenient date, by individual prison establishment; what was the average daily population of persons so detained in each of those years; what was the average length of time spent in detention by persons so detained in each of those years; and whether he will give a breakdown by nationality of persons so detained for each of those years.

The number of detainees received into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales under the Immigration Act 1971 is given by establishment of initial reception in table 1 for the first half of 1992. Information for receptions for the second half of 1992 and for 1993 is not yet available.The average population in 1992, including persons originally received for a criminal offence, was 227. The average for January to May in 1993 is 382. A breakdown of the prison population by nationality is given for June 1992 and May 1993 in table 2.The average period of detention for detainees released in the first half of 1992 is provisionally estimated as nearly 12 weeks. No later information for discharges is yet available.

Table 1
Receptions of persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales: by establishment 1 January to 30 June 1992
EstablishmentNumber of persons1 2
Remand centres
Brinsford2
Dorchester8
Exeter1
Feltham13
Glen Parva1
Haslar179
Low Newton3
Moorland1
Local prisons
Bedford3
Belmarsh7
Birmingham55
Bristol8
Brixton4
Bullingdon4
Canterbury14
Dorchester9
Durham2
Exeter12
Elmley1
Gloucester3
Holloway23
Hull6
Leeds13
Leicester15
Lewis8
Lincoln5
Liverpool4
Norwich3
Pentonville158
Preston17
Pucklechurch1
Shrewsbury2
Winchester2
Wormwood Scrubs11
Closed training prisons
Full Sutton1
All establishments599

1 The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.

2 Provisional figures.

Table 2

Population of persons detained under the Immigration Act 1971 in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on 30 June 1992 and 31 May 1993: by nationality

Nationality

Number of persons1 2

30 June 1992

31 May 1993

Afghanistan1
Algeria815
Angola713
Argentina1
Ascension Islands1
Australia1
Bangladesh513
Belgium1
Brazil1
Canada12
Cape Verde1
Central African Republic2
Chile11
China25
Colombia13
Congo1
Cyprus23
Egypt13
Ecuador1
France36
Gambia11
Germany3
Ghana728
Guyana13
Hong Kong11
Hungary11
India4399
Indonesia1
Irish Republic31
Israel22
Italy1
Ivory Coast14
Iran22
Jamaica1020
Jordan1
Kenya14
Lebanon62
Liberia35
Libya1
Malaysia11
Morocco33
Mauritius11
Mexico1
Namibia1
Netherlands21
Nepal1
New Zealand1
Nicaragua11
Niger1
Nigeria3654
Pakistan1214
Peru3
Philippines1
Poland2
Portugal1
Romania9
Saudi Arabia21
Sierra Leone15
Somalia1
South Africa21
Spain1
Sri Lanka12
St. Lanka1
St. Vincent and Grenadines1
Sudan12
Tanzania3
Trinidad and Tobago1
Turkey924

Nationality

Number of persons1 2

30 June 1992

31 May 1993

Uganda12
United States of America33
Vietnam1
Yugoslavia11
Zambia11
Zaire2517
Zimbabwe1
Nationality not recorded4230
Refusal12
All establishments268441

1The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual case would involve disproportionate cost.

2 Provisional figures.