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Immigrants: Detainees

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees were transferred from Dungavel House to immigration detention in England in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. (321671)

[holding answer 15 March 2010]: The following table shows the number of detainees who left Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre in the years 2007-10.

Year of transfer

Number of transfers

2007

2,635

2008

2,160

2009

2,389

2010 (January and February)

381

The Detainee Escorting and Population Management Unit (DEPMU) is responsible for bed space management within the UK Border Agency’s detention estate. The unit seeks to minimise movements within the 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

Facilitate the movement of detainees to more secure locations for security/behavioural reasons

Ensure bed space is fully utilised.

The data provided includes movements for the reasons outlined above in addition to those for removal. The information is taken from data normally used for management information only. It has not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications and is provisional and subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained at each immigration detention centre in the last six months for which figures are available; and what the average period of detention was. (321957)

[holding answer 12 March 2010]: The number of children who entered detention solely under Immigration Act powers for the last six months of 2009 is published in table 9 of the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom Third Quarter and Table 9.1 of the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom Fourth Quarter which 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.

Information on the average period of detention is not available, however Table 12 of the above publications show the length of time children were in detention as at the last day of each quarter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times Ministers have signed an authorisation for the detention of a child at an immigration removal centre beyond 28 days in each of the last six months. (322379)

[holding answer 15 March 2010]: Local management information indicates that the following referrals for ministerial authorisation of the continued detention of a child beyond 28 days under Immigration Act powers have been made in each of the last six months. The information is shown in the following table:

Month of initial referral

Number of families referred to the Minister for authorisation of detention of children beyond 28 days

Number of children referred to the Minister for authorisation of detention beyond 28 days

September 2009

12

18

October 2009

6

8

November 2009

5

9

December 2009

2

2

January 2010

0

0

February 2010

6

10

Notes:

1. The figures only included those cases where detention continued beyond 28 days and only the first referral for each child.

2. The figures provided do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on management information. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols and should be treated as provisional.

National Statistics on children detained solely under Immigration Act powers on a snapshot basis are published quarterly. The information is published in the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom bulletins which 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