Asylum: Detainees

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum-seekers are currently in detention, and in which centres; of these, how many are women or part of families; and how many have been detained for (1) more than six months, and (2) more than one year.

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

The table below is a subset of the latest published information for people detained in the detention estate who have claimed asylum at some point as at 30 September 2014.

People in detention as at 30 September 2014, who had claimed asylum (1), by place of detention, by sex and by length of detention of over 6 months
Total Male Female 6 months to less than 12 months 12 months or more
Total 1,688 1,527 161 152 53
Brook House IRC 149 149 0 17 5
Campsfield House IRC 110 110 0 10 1
Colnbrook IRC 194 194 0 31 14
Colnbrook STHF 2 0 2 0 0
Dover IRC 139 139 0 17 8
Dungavel IRC 78 71 7 6 1
Harmondsworth IRC 495 495 0 32 9
Haslar IRC 51 51 0 5 5
Larne House STHF 2 2 0 0 0
Morton Hall IRC 160 160 0 21 8
Pennine House STHF 10 10 0 0 0
The Verne IRC 84 84 0 1 1
Tinsley House IRC 42 42 0 2 1
Yarl's Wood IRC 172 20 152 10 0


Asylum detainees: People detained solely under Immigration Act powers who are recorded as having sought asylum at some stage and may under record due to instances of detainees claiming asylum after the data extract date.

There were no families with children under the age of 18 detained as at 30 September 2014.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of people detained in the United Kingdom for immigration purposes, within the Immigration Statistics release. The data relating to people in detention are available in tables dt_11_q and dt_12_q in Immigration Statistics: July – September 2014 on 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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