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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the apprehension of illegal immigrants in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (282652)

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated to the prevention of illegal immigration in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how much funding his Department has allocated to assist the co-operation between the UK Border Agency and its predecessors and police forces in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

It is not possible to break down how much funding the Department has allocated across the broad headings requested, in each year since 1997, without risking inconsistency or potential double counting, except at disproportionate cost.

The available public spending figures for the UK Border Agency and its predecessors for each year from 1997 onwards have been set out in the following table for convenience. The sources of this information are the Home Office annual reports cited as follows. These are available in the Library of the House.

£000

1997-98

215,000

1998-99

362,618

1999-2000

818,086

2000-01

1,336,399

2001-02

1,621,571

2002-03

1,857,252

2003-04

1,891,279

2004-05

1,614,232

2005-06

1,528,230

2006-07

1,463,464

2007-08

1,439,229

2008-09 (estimated outturn)

1,418,090

Note:

The 1997-98 figure is rounded to the nearest £1,000.