Detention Centres: Females

Home Department written question – answered at on 12 January 2012.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women detained for immigration purposes were subsequently (a) deported and (b) released in the last six months of 2011; and how many such women had been detained for more than (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) one year and (iv) two years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The following table shows the latest published figures on the number of women leaving detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in immigration removal centres or short term holding facilities in Q3 2011, by reason and length of detention.

Females leaving detention by reason and length of detention, Q3 2011
  Total female detainees Removed from the UK Granted leave to enter/remain Granted temporary admission/release Bailed Other
Total females 1,123 714 8 322 67 12
Length of detention            
Less than 3 months 1,055 673 8 307 56 11
3 months to less than 6 months 47 33 0 10 4 0
6 months to less than 12 months 18 6 0 5 6 1
12 months to less than 24 months 1 1 0 0 0 0
24 months or more 2 1 0 0 1 0
Notes: 1. Data are provisional. 2. All people held are detained in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers and exclude those in police cells, Prison Service establishments, short-term holding rooms at ports and airports (for less than 24 hours), and those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers and their dependants. 3. Figures include dependants. 4. Relates to most recent period of sole detention. The period of detention starts when a person first enters the UK Border Agency estate. If the person is then moved from a removal centre to a police cell or Prison Service establishment, this period of stay will be included if the detention is solely under Immigration Act powers.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of women leaving detention, solely under Immigration Act powers. Q4 2011 detention figures will be published on 23 February 2012 and will be available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, research and statistics webpages at:

Detention is a necessary part of the process to remove some individuals with no right to be in the UK. We always seek to remove those with no right to be here as quickly as possible but if detainees give false or incomplete information or submits spurious last minute appeals, then in such cases, it can delay their return and extend their detention.

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