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Deportation: Offenders

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration officers are assigned to work in prisons on duties related to the deportation of foreign national prisoners; and in which prisons they work. (231573)

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: There are currently 24 dedicated immigration officers (plus six assistant immigration officers) who work in prisons throughout the UK on duties related to the deportation of foreign national prisoners. Their work is supplemented by staff from local enforcement offices when required. In addition, there are seven immigration officers who are embedded in Canterbury and Bullwood Hall prisons.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA), working closely with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), is planning to increase the number of immigration officers embedded in prisons during the next six months.