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Detained Families

Home Department written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last 12 months asylum seeker families with children have been detained for over 28 days.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

Information on the number of occasions that families with children were detained under Immigration Act powers is not available.

Management information indicates that on 26 January 2004, 35 children were in detention who were detained solely under Immigration Act powers. Three-quarters of those had been in detention for 14 days or less and the remainder had been detained for less than four months. These individuals were all detained as part of families whose detention as a group was considered necessary.

Detention of all children beyond 28 days is now subject to ministerial authorisation.

Information on the number of people detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at 27 March 2004 will be published on the Home Office website (www. on 25 May.

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