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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) convicted of and (b) received the maximum available prison sentence or fine for (i) entering the UK in breach of a deportation order or without leave, (ii) remaining in the UK after leave to enter or remain had expired, (iii) assaulting an immigration officer and (iv) trafficking people for exploitation in each year since 1998. (321258)

The requested information is provided in the following table. The total number sentenced has been supplied in lieu of the number convicted; the numbers convicted and sentenced in a year may not match due to lags in time between conviction and sentencing.

Total persons given a maximum fine and maximum sentence, 1998 to 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Non-citizen entering UK in breach of a deportation order1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

1

Total sentenced

4

5

2

1

6

6

3

5

4

7

11

Non citizen entering UK without leave1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

11

6

6

9

8

2

2

Total sentenced

7

15

14

23

36

32

18

24

38

8

11

Non citizen having only a limited leave remaining in UK beyond the time limit1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

3

1

1

Total sentenced

0

5

1

4

3

5

13

5

5

3

4

Non citizen failing to observe conditions of leave1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

5

5

2

8

1

2

1

1

1

0

1

Non citizen who enters UK as a member of a crew of a ship or aircraft and who is required to leave on the ship or aircraft remains in the UK beyond the time allowed1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

Total sentenced

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

1

4

Non citizen failing to comply with requirements to report to a Medical Officer or to submit to a test or examination required by such an officer1

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Assaulting a designated immigration officer exercising Section 2 detention powers2

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Assaulting an immigration officer2

Persons sentenced to maximum fine (£5,000)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (6 months)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

Trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation3,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

2

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

9

6

9

11

Trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation3,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

3

9

5

13

Trafficking out of the UK for sexual exploitation3,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

1

0

Trafficking people into the UK for the purpose of exploitation4,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

2

3

0

0

Trafficking people within the UK for the purpose of exploitation4,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Total convicted

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

2

0

0

Trafficking people out of the UK4,5

Persons sentenced to maximum custodial sentence (14 years)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Indeterminate sentences

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

Total sentenced

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

1

8

0

n/a = Not applicable

1 Offences under Immigration Act 1971

2 Offences under UK Borders Act 2007

3 Offences under Sexual Offences Act 2003

4 Offences under Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004

5 These figures have been drawn from the courts proceedings database and as such may differ from any figures supplied by the UK human trafficking centre which are drawn from the Police National Computer

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

2. These data have been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.