Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of Zarah Sultana Zarah Sultana Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has chartered flights scheduled for deportations in the next six months.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Most enforced immigration returns are undertaken using scheduled flights, alongside fare-paying passengers. However, charter flight operations are an important means to return foreign national offenders and immigration offenders where there are limited scheduled routes or where the returnees may be disruptive. We utilise both approaches flexibly to best meet operational needs and maximise value for money.

For operational reasons, it is not possible to disclose full details of the returns charter flight programme over the next six months.

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