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Immigration/Asylum

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum detainees who escaped from the Yarl’s Wood detention centre on 14 February 2002 have subsequently been detained. (73924)

Many records were burnt or destroyed on the night of the fire and, to the best of our knowledge, the following figures are correct. Of the 23 escapees 16 have been relocated. Of these, nine have been removed, four re-detained (three of whom were subsequently released), one reported to Croydon enforcement unit voluntarily and was released and two were granted temporary release. The whereabouts of seven remain unknown. Decisions on the 16 were made in line with the casework criteria as it applies to their individual circumstances.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees held at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre on 14 February 2002 were unaccounted for following the fire at the centre that day. (73926)

23 detainees were unaccounted for in the immediate aftermath of the fire. Stephen Shaw published brief details of these people in his comprehensive report of the fire and disturbance.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people arriving in the UK on student visas who (a) returned and (b) did not return to their country of origin upon completion of their studies in the last 5 years. (74124)

Following withdrawal of the control for passengers travelling to continental destinations from ferry ports and small/medium-sized airports by the Government in 1994, the UK has had a diminished ability to record exit movements, and so such calculations are problematic.

The e-Borders programme will soon use biometric data to record passenger movements at UK ports.