§ Mr. Lee
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of persons currently detained as suspected illegal immigrants; how many of these are not the subject of court proceedings, either because of their having been detained at the point of entry on arrival or for any other reason; how many of those not the subject of court proceedings have been in detention for longer than 14 days; and what were the corresponding figures for 1976 and 1977.
§ Mr. John
On 31st May 1978 a total of 106 persons were detained as illegal entrants. Of these, 80 were detained solely on the authority of an immigration officer and were not the subject of court proceedings. These included 66 who had been in detention for longer than 14 days. Corresponding figures for 1976 and 1977 are not available.