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Ports: Arrests

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) detained and (b) arrested at UK ports in the last five years. (199143)

Information pertaining to the number of people detained at UK ports is not fully available due to a change in our data collation systems in 2003. Figures relating to 2003 do not therefore reflect the full year.

Information relating to persons detained at ports falls into two areas: Those who do not immediately satisfy the Immigration Officer of their eligibility to enter, or who are subject to further examination, and those who are further detained pending the outcome of their application or following refusal of leave to enter.

In the interests of completeness, figures have been provided in relation to persons detained in order to be subjected to further examination.

Totals of persons initially detained (at the arrivals control) are as follows:

Number

2003

62,088

2004

61,113

2005

48,110

2006

49,392

2007

54,033

The data provided above have been compiled from locally held management information and as such do not represent national statistics. They may therefore be subject to change.

Figures relating to arrests at UK ports are available only from April 2006, as these were not previously recorded centrally. Figures for March 2003-06 relate only to Heathrow and Gatwick, and all figures relate only to arrests by Immigration Crime Teams as follows:

Number

Heathrow

Gatwick

Total

April 2003 to march 2004

206

160

366

April 2004 to March 2005

410

196

606

April 2005 to March 2006

725

338

1,163

April 2006 to March 20057

1,321

April 2007 to February 2008

957

Numbers of persons arrested by HM Revenue and Customs are available only from April 2005 until March 2007, and are as follows:

Number

April 2005 to March 2006

2,152

April 2006 to March 2006

2,222