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Asylum: Deportation

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on (a) commercial air flights and (b) chartering flights for the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers in each month of the last four years. (280809)

The total costs for public expense removals on scheduled flights and chartered flights in each of the last four financial years are shown in the following table. It is not possible to disaggregate the costs for removal of failed asylum seekers from the overall removal figures without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

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 and should be treated as provisional and subject to change.

The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons removed and departed voluntarily from the UK on a quarterly and annual basis. National Statistics on immigration and asylum are placed in the Library of the House and are available from the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

£

Charter flights

Scheduled flights1

2005-06

4,339,865.31

12,933,092.35

2006-07

4,149,294.35

12,895,668.31

2007-08

4,811,162.12

15,606,958.80

2008-09

8,227,553.38

18,562,162.35

1 The total cost of charter and scheduled flights includes administration cost plus cancellation fees.