Detention is used as a last resort when we consider that there is a risk of harm to the public, or of detainees absconding before they can be removed. We have a robust process for reviewing detention decisions to ensure that they are
justified and necessary; occasionally, the courts will disagree with a particular decision and award compensation, but this happens in less than 1% of all detention cases.
The amounts paid by the Home Office in compensation following claims for unlawful detention in Scotland were as follows:
Financial Year No. of Claimants Amount Paid
2011-12 3 £39,300
2013-14 2 £13,500
It is not possible to provide similar information for earlier periods, as data are not held in the appropriate format and to extract them would incur disproportionate cost.