We are not able to provide the information in the format requested. Staffing numbers are recorded by grade, location and work area. As the grade and responsibilities of caseworkers have changed over time, we are not able to establish accurately the number of caseworkers from this data.
The number of employees engaged on processing deportation orders is not disaggregated from the overall number of employees within the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) and therefore not readily available. Any attempt to calculate the number of employees involved in processing deportation orders in each of the last five years would need to take into account a large number of factors and this could be done only at disproportionate cost.
However one of the main functions of the criminal casework directorate (CCD) within IND is to process deportation orders for foreign national prisoners. The average number of full-time equivalent employees in this area, from when the figures are available from 2002-03, during each of the past four financial years is as follows:
Number 2002-03 24 2003-04 32 2004-05 54 2005-06 94.5
The number of cases sampled in the Public Enquiry Office during the period January 2006 to 23 May 2006 was 3.6 per cent. of completed cases. This compares to 1.7 per cent. of cases sampled for the period May 2005 to December 2005.
There are no formal records for the number of cases sampled in the Public Enquiry Office prior to May 2005. Prior to this date cases were cleared by a supervisor, but no central record was maintained.
Tim Gbedemah’s report of 3 March 2006 specifically identified the need to cover more cases and to include analysis of patterns and trends. This recommendation was fully accepted and senior managers within the Public Inquiry Office are taking this work forward.