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Deportation: Standards

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for statements by Ministers in her Department that somebody is removed from the United Kingdom every eight minutes. (227553)

[holding answer 20 October 2008]: There were 63,365 removals, including voluntary departures, from the UK in 2007. As the UK Border Agency operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week this equates to a removal taking place, on average, every eight minutes

National Statistics on removals from the UK are published in table 6.1 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007 bulletin. Copies of this publication are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics website at:

The removals figure includes enforced removals, persons refused entry at port and subsequently removed (including cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls), persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration and persons who it has been established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.

This figure is rounded to the nearest five and is provisional.