Immigration: Deportation

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham Shadow Minister, Home Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many members of the Border and Immigration Agency staff are employed in the deportation of (a) visa overstayers and (b) illegal immigrants.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The Border and Immigration Agency does not distinguish between staff employed in the removal of (a) visa overstayers and (b) illegal immigrants. As of 30 November 2007 there were 1,446 operational staff employed within the local enforcement offices of the Border and Immigration Agency directly engaged in operational activity, including the detention and removal of overstayers and illegal immigrants.

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