Detention Centres: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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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 children are held in immigration detention; and how many were so held in each month since September 2010.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

As at 30 September 2010, the latest date for which National Statistics have been published, five children were detained solely under Immigration Act powers. This figure is rounded to the nearest five.

The latest published management information for the numbers of children entering detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers were: 15 in October 2010, three in November 2010 and three in December 2010.

These figures may include age disputed cases.

The Home Office publishes National Statistics on the number of persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers on a quarterly and annual basis and management information on the number of children entering detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers, by month, which are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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

On 16 December 2010, the right hon. Member the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Clegg) announced a new package to deliver the coalition commitment to end the detention of children for immigration purposes and the immediate closure of the family unit to children at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

The UK Border Agency will now follow a new four stage process focused on engagement with families during the decision making process, giving parents the opportunity to engage in when and how they return, when they have been found to have no legal right to stay in the UK. The new measures will ensure a family's return home is safe and dignified. Most elements of this new approach will be in place in March.

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