Immigration: Prisoner Escapes

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers detained by the police have absconded en route to immigration detention or removal centres in each of the last five years.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration), Minister of State (HM Treasury) (also in the Home Office)

In 2008 to date there has been one abscond en route from a police station to an immigration removal centre. The detainee was a failed asylum seeker.

In 2007 there were three absconds: one illegal entrant, two failed asylum seekers.

In 2006 there was one abscond who was an illegal entrant.

In 2005 there were two absconds, both failed asylum seekers.

Figures prior to 2005 are not available due to a change in escorting contractor.

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