Immigration: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 21st July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adults and (b) children were held in detention under immigration laws in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The requested information is not available. The following table shows the number of persons entering detention in each of the last 12 months for which figures have been published.

Information on detention relating to the second quarter 2010 will be available in the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom, April-June 2010 on 26 August 2010 in the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

I recently announced a review into the detention of children for asylum purposes so it can be brought to an end this summer. We have already ended the overnight detention of children at Dungavel.

Persons entering detention( 1, 2) he ld solely under Immigration Act powers, by age( 3) , (excluding Harwich), by month April 2009 to March 2010( 4, 5) United Kingdom
Number of persons
Persons entering detention
Children( 3)
Total detainees Adults( 3) Under 5 years 5-11 years 12-16 years 16 years Total
April 2009 2,460 2,385 30 25 15 - 75
May 2009 2,425 2,345 40 30 5 * 60
June 2009 2,315 2,235 50 20 10 * 80
July 2009 2,615 2,480 50 50 30 10 135
August 2009 2,190 2,100 45 30 15 * 90
September 2009 2,310 2,220 40 25 20 5 90
October 2009 2,490 2,395 40 40 15 5 100
November 2009 2,375 2,265 55 45 10 * 110
December 2009 2,050 1,975 40 20 10 * 75
January 2010 2,325 2,235 35 30 15 10 95
February 2010 2,240 2,170 30 25 10 5 70
March 2010 2,330 2,260 30 30 10 * 65
(1) These figures are based on management information and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics. They are provisional and maybe subject to change.

(2) Some detainees may be recorded more than once if, for example, the person has been detained on more than one separate occasion in the time period shown, such as a person who has left detention, but has subsequently been re-detained.

(3) Recorded age at the start of their period of detention. Figures for children will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

(4) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 ('-' = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding. Figures exclude persons recorded as entering Harwich Short Term Holding Facility, police cells and Prison Service establishments, those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers and their dependants.

(5) Figures include dependants.

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