Immigrants: Detainees

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th September 2014.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children of illegal immigrants have been detained in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office publishes periodic data on the numbers of children entering detention under Immigration Act Powers since 2010. This information is located on the GOV.UK website, accessible via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/children-entering-detention-under-immigration-act-powers

The Home Office does not routinely record the immigration status of the parents of those children entering detention under Immigration Act Powers. Whilst this information is held on Home Office systems, extracting the information would require an individual inspection of records, which it is considered would incur a disproportionate cost.

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