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Immigration: Detention Centres

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those held in immigration detention centres have previously served prison sentences in England and Wales. (187106)

The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination and cross referencing of information held by the Border and Immigration Agency and Ministry of Justice at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency advised the Home Affairs Committee in her letter of 17 December that there were approximately 1,200 foreign nationals prisoners held in the Border and Immigration Agency detention estate where deportation action was being pursued.