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Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre: Prisoner Escapes

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those who escaped from the Yarl's Wood detention centre during the fire of 14th February 2002 remained at large for (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months; and whether any such prisoners remain at large. (207295)

[holding answer 22 May 2008]: A total of 23 detainees are believed to have escaped from Yarl’s Wood on 14 February 2002.

Many records were burnt or destroyed on the night of the fire which means that I am unable to answer the question in the format requested.

However, nine have since been removed from the United Kingdom, one has made a voluntary departure, five are in contact with the UK Border Agency and eight are considered to still be unlawfully at large.