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Borders: Enforcement

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enforcement visits the UK Border Agency made in each year since 2005; how many arrests were made in the course of such visits; and how many such visits resulted in no arrests being made. (271979)

The records held by the UK Border Agency break down these figures by financial year rather than by calendar year and are provided in the following table.

These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.

The UK Border Agency adopts an intelligence and target led approach to operations and our top priority has been to protect the public and remove from the UK the most harmful people first. Based on UK Border Agency management information 5,395 foreign national prisoners were removed in 2008—exceeding our target of 5,000.

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Number of enforcement visits

11,861

14,443

15,512

13,555

Number of arrests made

12,412

11,522

10,750

10,063

Visits with no arrests

6,976

8,793

9,975

8,362