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Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people awaiting deportation were held in open prisons on 1 June 2009. (282997)

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice confirm that at March 2009 there were 204 foreign nationals held in open prisons. Information relating to the number of those who are awaiting deportation is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.