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|(1) Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken. Prior to 2005, data are not directly comparable.|
(2) Figures rounded to the nearest 5, (- = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.
(3) Provisional figures.
(4) Figures include persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls, since 2004 removals performed by Immigration Officers at ports using enforcement powers and since 2005 a small number of cases who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.
(5) Figures up to March 2001 may include a small number of dependants of principal asylum applicants refused entry at port and subsequently removed.
(6) Not available.
(7) Due to a reclassification of removal categories, figures include asylum removals performed by Enforcement Officers using port powers of removal and a small number of cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls.
(8) Since January 2006 figures include persons leaving under Facilitated Return Schemes.
(9) Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration. May include some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.
(10) Since January 2005, persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.
(11) Not applicable.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Eritrean nationals have been forcibly returned from the UK to Eritrea since September 2008; what reports he has received of their treatment by the Eritrean authorities upon their return; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 14 September 2009]: UK Border Agency figures show there were three departures, all voluntary, from the UK to Eritrea between September 2008 and June 2009. Published figures on returns can be found at:
David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to issue revised guidance to UK Border Agency caseworkers on the application of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights in the light of the House of Lords judgment in the case of Huang and Kashmiri (2007) UKHL 11. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 14 September 2009]: We are finalising the changes to the guidance to caseworkers on the application of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and expect that it will be issued by the end of September.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 4,096 offenders who had their licence recalled in 2008-09 and were classified as returned to custody have been deported. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 14 September 2009]: In the written ministerial statement of 6 July 2009, Audit of Licence Revocation, the Secretary of State for Justice announced that as at 26 June 2009, 954 offenders who had their licences revoked between 1984 and 31 March 2009 were not recorded as having been returned to custody. Of these, the chief executive of the UK Border Agency reported to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 8 July 2009 that 192 were foreign nationals, of which 64 were being pursued as meeting the criteria for deportation.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have signed authorisations for the continued detention of children at immigration removal centres beyond 28 days in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 September 2009]: Local management information indicates that the following referrals for ministerial authorisation of the continued detention of a child under Immigration Act powers have been made in each of the last five statistical years. Figures for the current statistical year up to and including 4 September 2009 are also included. The information is shown in the following table.
|Statistical year (year begins on the first of April)||Number of families referred to the Minister for authorisation of detention of children beyond 28 days||Number of children referred to the Minister for authorisation of detention beyond 28 days|
1. The figures provided do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on local management information. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols and should be treated as provisional and subject to change.
2. Local management information does not identify the detention location of the child which may include immigration detention in a facility other than an immigration removal centre.
National Statistics on children detained solely under Immigration Act powers on a snapshot basis are published quarterly. The information is published in Tables 9-11 of the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom bulletins which are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 September 2009]: There are three immigration removal centres in the UK that can accommodate families with children; Dungavel House, Tinsley House and Yarl's Wood. The first two centres routinely accommodate family groups for approximately 72 hours. Where detention is likely to extend beyond this timeframe, families are transferred to Yarl's Wood, which has the facilities to support longer periods of detention.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) educational and (b) medical provision is made for children detained at immigration removal centres operated by the UK Border Agency. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 September 2009]: Provision of education and crèche facilities for children is focused at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre. The centre provides an Ofsted inspected crèche and school classrooms delivering 30 hours per week of tuition by qualified teachers for children aged five to 16 years. The teachers follow schemes of work that reflect the national curriculum key learning stages and include five hours of physical education. Children under school age have access to the crèche which is staffed seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm by appropriately qualified child care professionals.
All immigration removal centres provide free onsite primary health care to the same level of care as NHS general practices in the community. The health care centre at Yarl's Wood is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by qualified medical staff who provide holistic care to meet the needs of individuals in accordance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Referrals to the local hospital for secondary care are made as medically required. In addition to this, the centre has dedicated services that are provided to specifically meet the needs of families and children. These include a paediatric nurse, health and midwife visitors, weight and immunisation clinics which are able to prescribe malarial prophylaxis for identified risk groups, access to children's acute mental health services (CAMH) and counselling services.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to provide alternative accommodation for children detained at immigration removal centres operated by the UK Border Agency. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 September 2009]: Families with children are detained to effect their departure from this country when they have no legal right to remain here and refuse to leave voluntarily, even when offered assistance to do so. They are detained only as a last resort and for as short a time as possible.
We are committed to exploring alternative ways of ensuring that such families leave the country so as to reduce the number of children who need to be detained. Building on the experience of a project in Ashford, Kent in 2007, a new pilot is currently running in Glasgow which is a partnership between the UK Border Agency, Glasgow city council and the Scottish Government. The pilot can accommodate up to five families in designated flats, where they receive targeted help from social workers to prepare positive plans for a voluntary return to their home country.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children detained at immigration removal centres operated by the UK Border Agency have required medical attention (a) during and (b) after their period of detention in the last five years. 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 September 2009]: The information requested is not yet collated centrally and could be provided only by checking each individual's medical file. Not only would this incur disproportionate cost, but the information would not be readily provided to the UK Border Agency as it is medically in confidence.
However, all detainees, including children, are seen within two hours of arrival in the centre by a nurse and an appointment made for them to see the GP within 24 hours unless a health-led assessment requires earlier attention. These and any subsequent consultations are recorded on the child's individual medical record.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded cases there have been of verbal or physical abuse of converts from (a) Hinduism, (b) Christianity, (c) Judaism, (d) Islam, (e) Sikhism, (f) Buddhism and (g) other religions detained in (i) immigration removal centres and (ii) short-term holding centres since 2000. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms he has to record the frequency with which detainees at the immigration removal centres at (a) Brook House, (b) Campsfield House, (c) Colnbrook IRC, (d) Dover, (e) Dungavel House, (f) Haslar, (g) Kalyx, (h) Lindholme, (i) Oakington, (j) Tinsley House and (k) Yarl's Wood have requested visits by a religious representative of their choice; how often such requests have been fulfilled in each of the last three years; and how long on average it took to fulfil such a request in each such year. 
Mr. Woolas: Each Immigration Removal Centre has a Manager for Religious Affairs, who takes responsibility for facilitating detainee requests to see a religious representative of his or her choice. In addition, most centres have an on-site Chaplain who, alongside a diverse group of regular visiting ministers, delivers a wide-ranging religious affairs programme. As such, requests to see other specific religious representatives do not arise often. There have been 34 recorded requests in the last three years. The data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.
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