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Police: Prison Accommodation

Home Department written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions her Department has used police cells to hold immigrants in each police force area in each year since 1997; and what the average rate paid per night by her Department to each police force for the use of such accommodation was in each such year.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Information on the number of occasions in which immigrants have been held in police cells during the period 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2010 is shown in Table 1 to be placed in the House Library. The rates at which the various police authorities charged the UK Border Agency for the use of police cells during the 2010-11 financial year are shown in Table 2. Historic costs are not readily available and it would involve disproportionate costs to establish them.

All those that are arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence, i.e. have not already been served immigration papers, are to be taken to a designated PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence) custody suite. The agency would normally only use police cells for one night, with a normal maximum of two nights. In exceptional cases a detainee may spend up to five nights continuously in a police cell (seven nights if removal directions have been set within 48 hours) if, for instance, the individual is awaiting transfer to more suitable UK Border Agency or Prison Service accommodation and the police are content to maintain detention.

Table 2: Police authority charge rates for police cells 2010-11
Police authority Charges per 24 hrs (£)
South Yorkshire 350.00
Humberside 329.80
North Yorkshire 266.31
Durham 303.00
Cleveland 111.00
West Yorkshire 240.00
Northumbria 301.40
Merseyside 300.00
Greater Manchester 342.00
Lancashire 130.00
Cumbria 110.00
Cheshire 124.00
South Wales 280.00
Gwent 250.00
Dyfed Powys 280.00
North Wales 330.00
Dorset 463.00
Avon and Somerset 190.00
Wiltshire 463.00
Devon and Cornwall 409.00
Gloucester 110.00
Bedfordshire 189.10
Cambridgeshire 210.58
Derbyshire 347.44
Essex 251.93
Hertfordshire 268.82
Leicestershire 319.47
Lincolnshire 516.42
Northamptonshire 747.83
Norfolk 100.35
Nottinghamshire 494.16
Staffordshire 341.84
Suffolk 68.39
Warwickshire 536.32
West Mercia 800.79
West Midlands 803.46
British Transport Police 350.00
Hampshire police 300.00
Hertfordshire police 110.00
Kent police 420.65
Metropolitan police 508.00
Surrey police 700.00
Sussex police 750.00
Thames Valley police 414.11
All Scottish authorities 250.00

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