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Police: Arrests

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made by (a) police and (b) immigration officers for offences under the Immigration Act 1971 in each year since 1997. (172864)

The arrests collection undertaken by the Ministry of Justice provides aggregated data only on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by age group, gender, ethnicity, and main offence group, i.e. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, etc. Data are collected from 43 police forces in England and Wales. More detailed data about specific offences do not form part of this collection.

The Border and Immigration Agency does not compile statistical records on which Act an arrest by an immigration officer pertains to.

Published information is available on the total number of persons proceeded against, and found guilty, for offences under the Immigration Act 1971, in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom Command Paper. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html