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Detention Centres: Young People

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 18 years and (ii) 18 years old or over were returned after absconding from each immigration detention centre in each year since 1997. (291596)

Information on the number of detainees who have escaped from each immigration removal centre and have been re-captured is taken from local management information. These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. Data on the number of individuals re-captured are available from 2006. The information is provisional and subject to change.

There have been no escapes by females or by detained individuals under the age of 18 years.

In 2006 there were 20 escapes, 19 from Oakington and one from Dungavel. Four individuals have been re-captured.

In 2007 there were 90 escapes, 63 from Oakington, 26 from Campsfield and one from Yarl's Wood. 19 have been re-captured.

In 2008 there were 35 escapes, 25 from Oakington, seven from Campsfield, two from Haslar and one from Lindholme. Nine have been re-captured.

The UK Border Agency takes all escapes very seriously. Procedures are in place to seek to recover individuals who escape from detention. The police are informed immediately and the individuals' details are recorded on the police national computer (PNC) as an absconder should the individual be apprehended at a later date.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 18 years and (ii) 18 years old or over absconded from immigration detention centres in each year since 1997. (291597)

Information on the number of detainees who have escaped from each immigration removal centre is taken from local management information. These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. Data are available from 2004.

There have been no escapes by females or by detained individuals under the age of 18 years.

In 2004, there were 12 escapes;

In 2005, there were five escapes;

In 2006, there were 20 escapes;

In 2007, there were 90 escapes;

In 2008, there were 35 escapes.