Following the disturbance at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in July it was necessary, for a short time, to use the family accommodation at Dungavel for single male detainees. The family accommodation at Dungavel is no longer being used for this purpose and families are being detained there as appropriate. Children and infants are detained as part of family groups whose detention is considered necessary, most often just prior to their removal and usually just for a few days.
Information on the total number of children detained under Immigration Act powers in each month is not available. Official statistics on immigration detainees are produced on a snap-shot basis. On
Information on the number of people detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at