Detention Centres

Home Office written question – answered on 18th January 2016.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of stay in an immigration holding or removal centre was in the last year.

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

The table below shows the latest available information on length of detention, in bands, as at the 30 September 2015. The Home Office publishes length of detention figures in bands as average figures can be skewed by the small number of people detained for longer periods.

People in detention by length of detention

as at 30 September 2015:

A: 3 days or less


B: 4 to 7 days


C: 8 to 14 days


D: 15 to 28 days


E: 29 days to less than 2 months


F: 2 months to less than 3 months


G: 3 months to less than 4 months


H: 4 months to less than 6 months


I: 6 months to less than 12 months


J: 12 months to less than 18 months


K: 18 months to less than 24 months


L: 24 months to less than 36 months


M: 36 months to less than 48 months


N: 48 months or more




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. The period of detention starts when a person first enters the Home Office detention estate. If the person is then moved from a removal centre to a police cell or Prison Service establishment, this period of stay will be included if the detention is solely under Immigration Act powers.

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 on the GOV.UK website:

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