Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 26th February 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals detained in immigration removal centres have been transferred to hospital following sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983 from (a) Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, (b) Hammondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, (c) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (d) all other immigration removal centres in each of the last five years for which records are available.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

holding answer 13 February 2014

Figures on people leaving detention, by all reasons for leaving, are available from 2010.

The following table shows the number of people leaving detention who had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. It is presumed that they were all transferred to hospital. The data are shown by last place of detention and from 2010 to September 2013.

People leaving detention, sectioned under the Mental Health Act by place of last detention, 2010 to September 2013
  Total Detainees Colnbrook IRC Harmondsworth IRC Yarl's Wood IRC Other IRC/STHF
2010 20 5 6 0 9
2011 8 2 4 0 2
20121 19 4 7 1 7
January to September 20131 10 0 0 3 7
1 Provisional data. Note: IRC = immigration removal centre STHF = short term holding facility

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of people detained in the United Kingdom for immigration purposes, within Immigration Statistics. Other data on people in detention are readily available in the latest release, Immigration Statistics: July-September 2013, from the GOV.UK website:

Published figures on people detained in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers include those held in short term holding facilities, pre departure accommodation and immigration removal-centres. Figures exclude those held 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.

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