HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 cc490-1W
Mr. Gerrard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Algerian asylum seekers are currently detained in Rochester prison; and how many days each of them has been held in detention. [30378]

Mr. Nicholas Baker

The information requested is shown in the table.

Number of Algerian nationals detained1 at Her Majesty's Prison Rochester, who had sought asylum, by length of detention on 20 June 1995
Length of detention at Rochester (days) Number of detainees
1 to 10 5
11 to 20 2
21 to 30 7
31 to 40 2
41 to 60 4
61 to 80 2
81 to 100 2
101 to 150 3
150 and over 4
Total 31
1 Persons detained solely under the powers contained in schedules 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971. In some cases the asylum application will have been lodged subsequent to the applicant being detained. The figures include both detained asylum applicants who applied at ports, and those detained in after-entry enforcement work. These figures include people awaiting the setting of directions for removal following refusal of the application, as well as those whose applications where under consideration or subject to appeal.

Dr. Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have requested asylum on arriving on the Eurostar train at Waterloo station since 1 January. [29627]

Mr. Baker

During the period 1 January-19 June 1995, 173 applications for asylum were received from people arriving at Waterloo on the Eurostar train.