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Immigrants: Detainees

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of people in each age group held in immigration detention centres have been (a) released and (b) deported in each year since 1997. (308447)

Tables A and B show the number of persons recorded as leaving detention in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, by age and reason for leaving detention for the year 2005 and the period January to September 2006. These figures are not available prior to or after this period.

However, in August 2009 the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical publication was expanded to include management information on the total number of persons leaving detention and the number of children leaving detention. The information is now available for Quarter 1, Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of 2009. Table C shows these figures, they will continue to be published quarterly in the future; however data for earlier years will remain unavailable.

Table D shows persons removed from the United Kingdom on leaving detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age for 2005, January to September 2006, 2007, 2008 and January to September 2009. Data for earlier years are unavailable.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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

Table A: Persons recorded as leaving detention in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, 2005, by age1 and reason for leaving detention2,3 (excluding Oakington and Harwich4)

Number of individuals

Children

Total persons5

of whom:

Adults1 18 yrs+

Under 5 yrs

5-11 yrs

12-16 yrs

17 yrs

Total children

Reason for leaving detention

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Removed from the UK

20,420

70

19,185

70

555

70

355

61

265

67

55

67

1,230

66

Granted leave to enter/remain6

130

0

130

0

0

0

0

0

0

Granted temporary admission/release7

7,290

25

6,715

25

225

28

210

36

120

30

25

31

575

31

Bailed8

1,370

5

1,320

5

20

2

20

3

10

3

*

1

50

3

Other

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total persons leaving detention

29,210

27,350

795

585

395

85

1,860

Table B: Persons recorded as leaving detention in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers, January to September 2006, by age1 and reason for leaving detention2,3 (excluding Oakington and Harwich4)

Number of individuals

Children

Total persons5

of whom:

Adults1 18 yrs+

Under 5 yrs

5-11 yrs

12-16 yrs

17 yrs

Total children

Reason for leaving detention

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Removed from the UK

14,360

68

13,625

69

315

60

250

59

135

59

35

67

735

60

Granted leave to enter/remain6

110

1

110

1

*

0

0

0

0

*

0

Granted temporary admission/release7

5,470

26

5,000

25

205

39

160

38

85

38

15

31

470

38

Bailed8

1,105

5

1,080

5

10

2

10

3

5

3

*

2

25

2

Other

*

0

*

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total persons leaving detention

21,045

19,810

530

425

230

50

1,235

1 Recorded age at the end of their period of detention. Figures for children will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

2 Numbers rounded to the nearest five (— = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding. Percentages rounded to the nearest per cent. and may therefore not sum to 100. Figures exclude persons recorded as leaving detention from police cells and Prison Service establishments, those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers at time of removal/release and their children.

3 Some detainees may be recorded more than once if, for example, the person has been detained on more than one separate occasion in the time period shown.

4 Oakington Reception Centre and Harwich were not controlled by the same part of UKBA as the removal/detention centres in the UKBA estate before 2007. Oakington and Harwich data on the database were incomplete so they were excluded prior to 2007.

5 Figures include dependants and those detained in family groups.

6 Short or long term stay in the UK has been granted.

7 Decision on case has not been made.

8 Detainee has applied for, and been granted, bail at a bail hearing.

Table C: Persons leaving detention in the United Kingdom held solely under Immigration Act powers, January to September 20091,2,3,4

Number of individuals

Period

Total persons4, of whom:

Children5

Quarter 16

6,765

250

Quarter 2

6,910

225

Quarter 3

6,975

305

1 These figures are based on management information and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics. They are provisional and may be subject to change. Excludes persons detained in Harwich short term holding facility, police cells and Prison Service establishments.

2 Figures rounded to the nearest five.

3 Some detainees may be recorded more than once if, for example, if the person has left detention then been detained again and left once more in the time period shown.

4 Figures include dependants and those detained in family groups.

5 Recorded age at the end of their period of detention. Figures for children will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

6 Figures include those leaving detention between 28 and 31 December 2008.

Table D: Persons removed from the United Kingdom on leaving detention1 held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age2,3,4,5, for 2005, January to September 2006, 2007, 2008 and January to September 2009

Number of individuals

Children

Period

Total persons, of whom:

Adults2 18 yrs+

Under 5 yrs

5-11 yrs

12-16 yrs

17 yrs

Total children

20056

20,420

19,185

555

355

265

55

1,230

2006 Jan to Sep6

14,360

13,625

315

250

135

35

735

20077

16,120

15,490

300

195

110

25

630

20088

16,310

15,695

280

195

125

15

615

2009 Q18

4,035

3,925

55

40

10

5

110

2009 Q28

3,815

3,720

55

30

15

100

2009 Q38

4,085

3,930

65

55

25

5

150

1 Some detainees may be recorded more than once if, for example, the person has been detained on more than one separate occasion in the time period shown, such as a person who has left detention for the purpose of a removal, but who has subsequently been re-detained.

2 Recorded age at the end of their period of detention. Figures for children will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

3 Figures rounded to the nearest five (— = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding. Figures exclude persons recorded as leaving detention from police cells and Prison Service establishments, those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers at time of removal and their dependants.

4 Not necessarily removed in the same year as leaving detention.

5 Figures include dependants and those detained in family groups.

6 Oakington Reception Centre and Harwich were not controlled by the same part of UKBA as the removal/detention centres in the UKBA estate before 2007. Oakington and Harwich data on the database were incomplete so they were excluded prior to 2007.

7 Figures exclude persons recorded as leaving detention from Harwich short term holding facility.

8 Provisional figures.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each age group have been held in immigration removal centres on more than one occasion in each year since 1997; and on how many occasions such people were held in a removal centre. (308777)

Information on persons held on more than one occasion in each year and on how many occasions is not held centrally and would be available only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

However, in August 2009 the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical publication was expanded to include management information on persons entering detention, total number of persons leaving detention and the number of families with children held in detention. This information is available by age (to separately identify children), and will be published quarterly in the future; however data for earlier years will remain unavailable.

Information on the number of adults and children under the age of 18 entering detention solely under Immigration Act powers in Q1-Q3 2009 by age and country of nationality is available in:

Q1 and Q2 2009

Table 8a and 8b of the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary United Kingdom publication:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/immiq209.pdf

Tables G and H of the supplementary tables:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/immiq209supp.xls

Q3 2009

Table 9 of the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary United Kingdom publication:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/immiq309.pdf

Table H of the supplementary tables:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/immiq309supp.xls

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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