asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many persons are now detained in immigration detention and removal centres; whether they will break down the total between foreign criminal ex-prisoners, parents or responsible adults with children, and individual young people aged 16 to 18. [HL42]
The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 19 February providing the most accurate and robust information available on foreign national prisoners, including those in detention. A copy of this letter is available in the Library of the House.
Information relating to the number of persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers on 29 September 2007 will be published in the Asylum Statistics: 3rd Quarter 2007 bulletin, scheduled for 20 November. Copies of this publication will be available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office's research, development and statistics website at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.