Immigration: Detainees

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Dubs Lord Dubs Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many minors have been detained under immigration powers in each of the past five years.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The requested information is not available as figures on persons entering detention have been published only since the beginning of 2009. The attached table shows the number of children who entered detention, solely under Immigration Act powers, between January 2009 and June 2010.

Children entering detention (1)(2)(M) held solely under Immigration Act powers, by place of initial detention, (excluding Harwich), 2009-Q2 2010 (3)(4)
Number of children
Children entering detention
Place of initial detention 2009 Q1 2010 Q2 2010
Yarl's Wood 695 180 60
Tinsley House 235 20 45
Dungavel 100 20 5
Oakington Reception Centre 35 5 5
Campsfield House 5 * -
Haslar 5 - -
Brook House * - -
Harmondsworth * - -
Dover Immigration Removal Centre * - -
Lindholme - - -
UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities
Dover Harbour 30 10 -
Colnbrook Short Term 10 * -
Pennine House * - *
Total 1,120 230 115

(1) 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.

(2) Figures for children will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

(3) 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.

(4) Figures include dependants.

(M) Management information

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