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Asylum/Immigration

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) households and (b) children he is supporting under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (i) in each region and country of the UK and (ii) in each local social services authority area in the north east of England. (75259)

I am advised that the following table provides management information on the number of main applicants who were supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 as at 31 March 2006. Information on the number of children supported under section 4 is not currently available.

A breakdown of those supported by social services authority area in the north east of England is not currently available.

Area

Number on support

East Midlands

568

East of England

37

London

991

North East

253

North West

807

Scotland

152

South East

73

South West

243

Wales

222

West Midlands

961

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,142

Total

5,449

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of failed asylum seekers returning to their home country did so voluntarily in each month of 2006. (79514)

I am advised that the following table shows the number of principal asylum applicants removed from the UK to a destination that was the same as that of their nationality, broken down by type of removal in each month of the first quarter of 2006.

Removals and voluntary departures1 of asylum applicants2, excluding dependants, removed to a destination that was the same as their nationality, January to March 20063, 4

Number of principal applicants

Nationality

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

Q1 2006

Total principal asylum applicants removed5

935

1,205

1,420

3,560

of whom: leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes6

270

355

500

1,125

Persons recorded by IND as voluntary departures7

40

30

45

115

Persons who it is established have left the UK without informing the Immigration Authorities

25

75

80

185

1 Includes persons departing ‘Voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration, and removals on safe third country grounds.

2 Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants.

3 Figures rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding.

4.Provisionalfigures

5 Including persons departing ‘Voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them.

6 Persons leaving under Voluntary Assisted Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration. May include some on–entry cases and some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.

7 Includes persons departing ‘Voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders being considered for deportation have been granted bail by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in each of the last five years; and how many such persons have committed (a) offences and (b) offences of a violent and sexual nature whilst on bail. (76197)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken against immigration officials who allowed the Baybasin brothers and their criminal associates to move to the UK in exchange for the gang leader becoming an informer; if he will identify the officials concerned; and whether they will be prosecuted. (78135)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the July 2005 report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman on the treatment of detainees (a) at Oakington Immigration Centre and (b) while under escort; and if he will make a statement. (79777)

An action plan containing all 54 recommendations from the investigation carried out by Stephen Shaw into the allegations contained in the BBC documentary, ‘Detention Undercover: the Real Story’ was compiled and published. I am advised that all remaining recommendations will be implemented by October 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the detention of minors in adult immigration detention facilities. (80629)

I am advised that unaccompanied minors are not detained other than in one very limited circumstance: where, exceptionally, it is necessary to detain a child while alternative care arrangements are made (normally overnight).

Families with children may be detained in the following circumstances: initially, whilst their identities and basis of claim are established; where there are reasonable grounds for believing that they will fail to comply with the conditions of temporary admission or release; or to effect removal. In addition, families whose asylum claims appear to be capable of being decided quickly may be detained as part of a fast-track process.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the legal basis is for detaining a British-born child in an immigration detention centre. (80631)

The legal basis for detaining a British-born child in an immigration removal centre is explained in IND’s Family Removals Policy. A copy of this document has been placed in the House Libraries.