I have set out the average number of personnel working within the Criminal Casework Team in each of the last five years, 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2126W. The Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 9 October 2006, setting out that this figure had increased to 530 staff. In her letter, the Director General also outlined that a new system of case ownership has been introduced to ensure that all deportation cases are managed and tracked by individual caseworkers as they pass through the system. A copy of this letter is available in the Library of the House.
Figures prior to 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
From 2004-05, the budget for the criminal casework team (rounded to the nearest £100,000) is in the following table.
£ 2004-05 2,200,000 2005-06 2,500,000 2006-07 10,600,000
The majority of this budget is allocated for staffing costs. The Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Lin Homer, wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on the 9 October 2006 explaining that during 2006 there had been a five-fold increase in staffing levels within the criminal casework team. A copy of this letter is available in the House Library.