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Detention Centres

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many transfers of detainees between immigration detention centres have been made in each month in 2009. (301237)

The following table shows the number of transfers from one immigration removal centre to another of individuals detained under Immigration Act powers.

Month of transfer

Number of transfers

January 2009

1,180

February 2009

1,317

March 2009

1,632

April 2009

1,344

May 2009

1,326

June 2009

1,522

July 2009

1,567

August 2009

1,951

September 2009

1,622

October 2009

1,668

Total

15,129

The data are management information only and have not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These figures are provisional and are subject to change.

National Statistics on persons held in detention solely under Immigration Act powers on a snapshot basis are published quarterly in the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom bulletins. These are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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

Tables 8a and 8b of the Second Quarter 2009 Summary includes, from January 2009, the number of people entering detention.

The UK Border Agency seeks to minimise movements within the detention estate in the interests of providing a settled regime and the efficient use of escorting resources. Movement of detainees around the estate is required for operational reasons, most often to:

Position detainees close to airports prior to removal

Position detainees for court appearances

Position detainees for hospital appointments

Position detainees for embassy/documentation interviews

To facilitate the movement of detainees to more secure locations for security/behavioural reasons.

Ensure that bed space capacity in all 11 immigration removal centres are fully utilised.