Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency have been held in (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK immigration removal centres since their inception.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency are being held in (a) Dungavel and (b) other immigration removal centres in the UK.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency are being held in (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK immigration removal centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average duration of stay is at (a) Dungavel and (b) other immigration detention centres in the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the weekly cost is to detain an individual from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK immigration removal centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what education provision is provided to children detained at (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK immigration removal centres.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office does not hold the information requested on individual detainees from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in a reportable format. The last known addresses of detainees are not included in the underlying datasets used to produce the Home Office’s published detention figures and the information requested could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

The median length of detention of people leaving the detention estate in Q1 2019 was between 8 and 14 days, and of people in the immigration detention estate as at 31 March 2019 between 15 and 28 days. Information on the length of detention of people leaving and in the detention estate is available in tables dt_06_q and dt_11_q of the detention tables in the latest releases of ‘Immigration Statistics, year ending March 2019’.

The UK ended the routine detention of children in immigration removal centres in 2010, and enshrined this in law under the Immigration Act 2014. There remain limited circumstances where, very exceptionally, unaccompanied children may be detained in the absence of suitable alternatives.

A range of educational resources and other welfare services are provided to families with children in detention. The short time that families spend at the dedicated family accommodation near Gatwick means that formal education is not provided. The most recent Independent Monitoring Board report for the centre praised the learning equipment provided to children during their short stay.

The average cost to detain an individual in immigration detention is provided on a per day basis. The current daily cost per detainee is £88.68, which corresponds to an annual cost of £32,368 (£88.68 multiplied by 365 days). Data can be found at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-enforcement-data-february-2019

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