§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqis, Palestinians and others are still detained without trial on security grounds; how many of these are claimed to be prisoners of war; by what legal authority the non-prisoners of war are held; in which prisons the latter are held; and how long the process of deciding whether the detainees should be released or expelled is expected to take.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
On 27 February, 33 Iraqis, one Lebanese of Palestinian origin and one other were detained following service of notice to deport for reasons of national security and 32 Iraqis, believed to be serving members of Iraqi armed forces, were held in military custody as prisoners of war.
The 35 detained under the Immigration Act 1971 are held on the authority of paragraph 2(2) or 2(3) of schedule 3 to the Act; 15 are detained in HM prison Full Sutton, 11 in Coldingley and nine in Wormwood Scrubs.
All those held under immigration powers are scheduled to appear before the advisory panel by 1 March except for 10 who have requested that a hearing be deferred. If, after consideration of the advice, a deportation order is made, there is a 14-day period for lodging an appeal against removal to a specific destination.