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Immigration: Fast-track Procedure

Volume 688: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will provide a breakdown of the number of persons detained under the fast-track system at the latest convenient date, by nationality and length of detention. [HL646]

These data are derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

As at 8 December 2006, the latest date for which data are available, there were 170 claimants detained under the detained fast-track (DFT) process of whom 125 were male and 50 were female (figures are rounded to the nearest five). For details of nationality and length of detention, please see the attached table.

National statistics on the total number of people detained under sole Immigration Act powers are published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

There were 125 male claimants from 33 nationalities in the detained fast-track (DFT) process. The average period in detention per detainee since date of entry to the DFT process was 45 days.

Nationality

Number of Male Detainees (1)

Average Number of Days in DFT

Afghanistan

15

27

Angola

5

33

Bangladesh

10

44

Dem. Rep. of Congo

5

39

Gambia

5

41

Jamaica

5

33

Kenya

5

58

Nigeria

5

70

Pakistan

15

46

Russia

5

14

Sudan

10

81

Turkey

15

37

Uganda

5

101

Other nationalities

20

35

Total

125

45

(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest five

There were 50 female claimants from 22 nationalities in the detained fast-track (DFT) process. The average period in detention per detainee since date of entry to the DFT process was 21 days.

Nationality

Number of female detainees(1)

Average Number of Days in DFT

China

5

22

Gambia

5

24

Georgia

5

16

Nigeria

10

22

Pakistan

5

23

Uganda

5

31

Other nationalities

20

18

Total

50

21

(1) Figures are rounded to the nearest five