HC Deb 08 July 1977 vol 934 c702W
Mr. William Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are now detained in Her Majesty's Prisons awaiting deportation; and what is the longest period any such person has now been detained.

Dr. Summerskill

On 30th June, 84 people detained in prison were the subjects of deportation orders. The longest period of detention on that date was eight months 14 days; this exceptional delay is due to difficulty in obtaining a travel document from the relevant national authorities.

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