Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 17th January 2014.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average daily cost of detention per person in each of the last three years was at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration detention centres.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office has 10 immigration removal centres, seven of which are operated by private sector suppliers under contract, and three by the National Offender Management Service under a service level agreement.

The operating cost for each privately-operated immigration removal centre is commercially confidential and public disclosure would prejudice the commercial interests of the Home Office and its suppliers. Budgets are set according to anticipated expenditure set out in each of the contracts or the service level agreement.

However, details of detention and removal costs can be found in the Home Office's Annual Report and Accounts available on the Home Office website at:

The Home Office also publishes payments in excess of £25,000 on its website at:

The overall cost of operating the detention estate has fallen, a contributing factor of which is the way the Home Office has developed a healthy interest in its services from the private sector. Competition has helped to drive service improvements and reduced costs. The cost of operating the detention estate for the last three years is:

  Cost per night per detainee (£)
2011-12 102
2012-13 102
2013-14 100

All Immigration Removal Centres operated by the private and public sector have their contract or service level agreement managed by a central commercial team.

The Home Office has a team of staff based in each centre to monitor day-to-day service delivery and compliance. Meetings take place with the Centre Manager at an operational level on a weekly basis and at a commercial level on a quarterly basis.

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