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Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of (a) Jamaica, (b) Turkey, (c) Morocco, (d) the USA, (e) Australia, (f) Malaysia, (g) Hong Kong, (h) Guyana, (i) Trinidad, (j) Colombia and (k) Algeria were (i) granted and (ii) refused permission to enter the United Kingdom at ports of entry in each quarter since January 1992, and in total, to the latest available date.

[holding answer 26 July 1993]: The information requested for 1992 is given in the table; corresponding data for the first two quarters of 1993 are not available.Immigration Act powers

(a) overnight, (b) between one night and one month and (c) for a period of more than

one month in (i) Harmondsworth detention centre, (ii) the Queen's building in Heathrow, (iii) terminal 4, Heathrow, (iv) the Beehive, Gatwick, (v) HM prison Haslar, (vi) HM prison Pentonville and (vii) any other establishments, by name, during (a) 1992 and (b) 1993 up to the latest convenient date; and of these people, how many in each category were (1) women, (2) children aged under 18 years and (3) men.

[holding answer 26 July 1993]: The available information is given in the table. The other information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Persons detained overnight or longer at certain locations1
Location, length of stay, type of detainee19921993
January to June
Queen's Building, Heathrow1,6443359
The Beehive, Gatwick:
More than one night, less than one month907458
One month or more
Terminal 4, Heathrow:
Children under 18 years1713
More than one night, less than one month:
Children under 18 years4
One month or more
1 Unless otherwise stated, the data include persons initially detained elsewhere prior to being detained at the location given.
2 Data mainly exclude persons detained initially elsewhere, and exclude illegal entrants and deportees detained.
3 January to March 1993 only.
4 August, when detention centre opened, to December 1992 only.