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UK Border Agency: Prisoners

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales were released into the custody of the UK Border Agency and its predecessors in each of the last 12 months. (244481)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Select Committee with all of the most robust and accurate information on the deportation of foreign criminals, including updates on the numbers of such individuals who are subject to deportation action and are detained following completion of their custodial sentence in order to facilitate their eventual deportation. In her letter of 23 July she advised the Committee that there were around 1,650 such individuals who were detained beyond their sentence under immigration powers. Copies of all of these letters are available in the Library of the House.