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Immigration: Zimbabwe

Volume 700: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many Zimbabweans they are holding in immigration detention (a) pending deportation following a criminal sentence and (b) pending administrative removal; how long each of these people has been held; and when they expect to deport or remove those now held. [HL2562]

There are currently around 50 Zimbabwean nationals detained under immigration powers who have committed a criminal offence within the UK and are facing deportation action. While information is published on the number of persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at the last Saturday of each quarter, information on the number of people who are recorded as being detained awaiting removal from the UK is not centrally collated; it could only be obtained through examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.