§ Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are at present held in custody and awaiting deportation for immigration offences.
§ Mr. Brittan
The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, information is published annually in "Prison Statistics" on the number of receptions and the average daily population of persons held under the Immigration Act 1971 in prison department establishments in England and Wales—for example, table 1.1 of the issue for 1978, Cmnd. 7626; these persons include some not awaiting deportation and some who have not committed an immigration offence.
§ Mr. Charles Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-patrials refused entry in each of the last three years were diagnosed as suffering from (a) mental illness or mental disorder, (b) subnormality, (c) fits, (d) conduct disorder and (e) senility.
§ Mr. Raison
Information is not available in the form requested. The available information is given in the following table:
REFUSALS OF LEAVE TO ENTER THE UNITED KINGDOM ON MEDICAL GROUNDS—COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS Number of refusals Mental disorder* Others—medically unsuitable* Total refusals 1976 102 39 11,534 1977 128 54 12,942 1978 150 66 15,729 * As recommended by the port medical inspector.