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Immigration: Detention

Volume 712: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many detainees have escaped from each immigration detention centre in each of the past five years. [HL4382]

Information on the number of detainees who have escaped from each immigration removal centre is taken from local management information. This data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.

In 2004, there were 12 escapes from Oakington immigration removal centre.

In 2005, there were four escapes from Oakington and one from Campsfield immigration removal centres.

In 2006, there were 19 escapes from Oakington and one from Dungavel immigration removal centres.

In 2007, there were 63 escapes from Oakington, 26 from Campsfield and one from Yarl's Wood immigration removal centres.

In 2008, there were 25 escapes from Oakington, seven from Campsfield, one from Dungavel and two from Haslar immigration removal centres.

The UK Border Agency takes all escapes very seriously. Procedures are in place to seek to recover individuals who escape from detention. The police are informed immediately and the individuals' details are recorded on the police national computer (PNC) as an absconder should the individual be apprehended at a later date.