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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.
Information on the number of occasions in which immigrants have been held in police cells during the period
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 (£)|
|Avon and Somerset||190.00|
|Devon and Cornwall||409.00|
|British Transport Police||350.00|
|Thames Valley police||414.11|
|All Scottish authorities||250.00|