PQs - October 2015

30 October 2015: HC 13172 (Removal Directions)

Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) asked for an estimate of the number of times a removal direction was issued for people applying to remain in the UK while they were awaiting a court hearing in each of the last five years. James Brokenshire replied that the information is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.


28 October 2015: HL2667 (Section 4 Bail addresses)

Baroness Hamwee (Lib Dem) asked how many applications for a bail address under section 4 of the Immigration Act 1999 have been (1) made, (2) granted, and (3) refused, in each of the last five years. Lord Bates referred her to a table detailing the requested information (click on the title link above).


23rd October 2015: HC 12015 (Healthcare commissioning in IRCs)

Paul Blomfield (Labour, Sheffield Central) asked what assessment the Dept. of Health has made of the effect of NHS England taking over commissioning of detention health services on the adequacy of health provision.  Ben Gummer (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Dept of Health; Con, Ipswich) replied that Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessments were carried out at all detention centres in 2014 to determine the services commissioned by NHS England, and that national standards have been developed, against which healthcare providers will be measured as part of contract management.

 

23 October 2015: HC 11915 (Audit of Rule 35 reports)

Caroline Spelman (Conservative, Meriden) asked when the findings of the follow-up audit of Rule 35 reports on vulnerable people in detention will be published. James Brokenshire replied that the audit will be published alongside the publication of the Shaw Review report into the welfare of vulnerable people in detention.


22 October 2015: HC 11581 (Voluntary return scheme in detention)

Thangam Debbonaire (Labour, Bristol West) asked why the ‘Choices’ voluntary return scheme contract in detention centres was not renewed, and what assessment has been made of the effect on the number of people in detention taking up voluntary return. James Brokenshire replied that voluntary return should “occur before enforcement action and detention is required” and that since the contract ended, voluntary returns facilitated by the Home Office have continued to increase.
 

22nd October 2015: HC 10915 (Length of detention)

Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) asked what the longest recorded time is that a person has been held in detention since 2010. James Brokenshire replied that it was the detention of an Algerian man returned to Algeria in 2012 who was held for 2,319 days (6.3 yrs)
 

22nd October 2015: HC 10754 (Removal of Yemeni asylum seekers)

Alison Thewliss (SNP, Glasgow Central) asked whether the Home Office considers it safe to remove refused asylum seekers to Yemen. Karen Bradley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Department; Con, Staffordshire Moorlands) replied that “each case is considered on its own merits.”
 

21 October 2015: HC 11644 (Detainees in prisons)

Paul Blomfield (Labour, Sheffield Central) asked which prisons are currently holding people solely under immigration powers; and if this information will be published. James Brokenshire referred him to a table listing all prisons holding people under immigration powers (click on title link above for table) and stated that the Home Office does not regularly publish this data and that “there are no immediate plans to do so."
 

21st October 2015: HC 12100 (Publication of Shaw Review)

David Burrowes (Conservative, Enfield, Southgate) asked when the Shaw Review into welfare in detention will be published.  James Brokenshire replied that the review has been completed and that the findings are currently being considered before the report is published and laid before Parliament.
 

21st October 2015: HC 11526 (Third country removal of Syrian nationals)

Thangam Debbonaire (Labour, Bristol West) asked how many Syrian nationals have been returned to third countries under the Dublin Regulations in each of the last three years. James Brokenshire replied with the following figures: 2012 - 22; 2013 - 35; 2014 – 25.
 

20th October 2015: HC 10895 (Deportations)

Gavin Newlands (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North) asked “what the average amount of time taken to deport a person living illegally in the UK was in 2014-15”. James Brokenshire referred him to ‘Migration Transparency data’ on the “average amount of time taken to deport a foreign national offender from UK in 2014-15” published quarterly by the Home Office here
 

19th October 2015: HL 2297 (Deportation of asylum seekers)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno (Lib Dem) asked how many asylum seekers were deported from the UK in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2014, on reaching the age of 18. Lord Bates replied that electronic records on removals only go back to 2006. In 2010, 132 refused asylum seekers were removed after reaching the age of 18, and in 2014, 151.
 

19th October 2015: HL 2385 (Short Term Holding Facility Rules)

Lord Avebury asked when the Government intends to publish the short-term holding facility rules. Lord Bates replied that the Government intends to consult on these once the Shaw Review into detainee welfare is published.
 

19th October 2015: HC 10914 (Time limit)

Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) asked why the Government has decided not to impose a time limit on detention. James Brokenshire replied that “it is not possible to detain someone indefinitely” and that “each case is determined on its own merits.” He also commented that “the introduction of an arbitrary time limit could lead to the release of foreign criminals and illegal immigrants even when their removal is imminent.”
 

14 October 2015: HC 11080 (‘Deport first, appeal later’ powers)

Gavin Newlands (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North) asked how many people deported under the ‘deport first, appeal later policy’ have subsequently appealed their case, and how many of these were successful. James Brokenshire replied that from July 2014 to August 2015, more than 1,700 foreign nationals with previous convictions have been removed under these powers. Of these, 426 made appeals and 13 (0.7%) were successful.
 

14 October 2015: HC 10911 (Trafficked people in detention)

Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) asked how many people who have been trafficked have been detained in the last five years. Karen Bradley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Department; Con, Staffordshire Moorlands) replied that this data is not collected centrally and accurate figures are not available.
 

13 October 2015: HL2299 (Cost of removals)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno (Lib Dem) asked what the cost of returning refused asylum seekers in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014 was. Lord Bates replied that the Home Office doesn’t store this information and, as such, it can’t be provided except at disproportionate cost.
 

12th October 2015: HC 10647 (Cost of deportations)

Gavin Newlands (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North) asked how much the Government has spent on deportations in each of the last five years. John Hayes MP (Minister of State, Security; Con, South Holland and The Deepings) replied that this information is not recorded annually, so can’t be provided except at disproportionate cost.
 

12th October 2015: HC 10646 (Number of deportations from IRCs)

Gavin Newlands (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North) asked how many people have been deported from detention centres in each of the last five years.  John Hayes (Minister of State, Security; Con, South Holland and The Deepings) replied that available Home Office data provides information on the total number of people removed from the UK, but that it’s not possible to identify deportations separately from total removals.
 

12th October 2015: HC 10642 (Removal of refused asylum seekers)

Gavin Newlands (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North) asked how many refused asylum seekers have been forcibly removed from the country over the last five years. John Hayes (Minister of State, Security; Con, South Holland and The Deepings) referred him to a table from the Home Office’s Immigration Statistics release, which includes the number of people removed who had claimed asylum at some point. Click on the title link above to access the table.
 

12th October 2015: HC 10479 (Size of detention estate)

David Burrowes (Conservative, Enfield, Southgate) asked what assessment has been made of changes in the number of people held in detention centres; and what is being done to reduce growth in the detention estate.  James Brokenshire replied that as at 30 June 2015, 3,418 people were in detention, an increase on the number at the end of June 2014 (3,079). He added that the capacity of the detention estate is “kept under constant review”, and that decisions “will continue to be made according to operational priorities.”