Immigration: Detention

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

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November (WA 103), how many current detainees have been (a) in Haslar, and (b) in other immigration detention centres for more than 12 months; and how many of these have been in two, three or more detention centres.

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 available information shows that on 20 December 2007, four detainees had been detained continuously for 12 months or more in Haslar. Of those, one had been detained only in Haslar, the remaining three had been detained in one other removal centre.

The following other immigration removal centres have held detainees continuously for 12 months or more:

Dover—12 (of whom seven have been detained in Dover only and five in one other removal centre);Yarl's Wood—three (of whom all have been detained in Yarl's Wood only); and Colnbrook—one who was previously detained in two other removal centres.

This information is based on internal management information, is provisional and subject to change, and as such is not published within official statistics.

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