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Oakington Immigration Centre

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have escaped from Oakington Immigration Centre in Cambridgeshire in the last five years; how many have since been recaptured; how many are still missing as whereabouts unknown; how many of these were illegal immigrants and suspected illegal immigrants; and if she will make a statement. (227808)

[holding answer 20 October 2008]: The number of detainees who have escaped Oakington Immigration Removal Centre in the last five years is as follows:

Number

2004

12

2005

4

2006

19

2007

63

2008

241

1 To date

The numbers of detainees who are re-captured are not collated centrally. Each escape is recorded and the case owner notified, should the individual be subsequently re-detained.

The police are informed immediately when a detainee has escaped and the individuals' details are recorded on the Police National Computer should the individual be apprehended at a later date.