HL Deb 28 June 2001 vol 626 cc20-1WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many places have been offered by HM Prison Service, the Scottish Prison Service and the Northern Ireland Prison Service to the Immigration and Nationality Department for accommodating Immigration Act detainees and for what period; and how many detainees were detained in HM Prisons in each jurisdiction at the latest convenient date. [HL24]

Lord Rooker

Apart from the dedicated Prison Service immigration detention facilities at Haslar, Rochester and Lindholme, the Immigration Service is currently using approximately 430 out of 500 prison places in England and Wales made available by the Prison Service on a temporary basis.

As at 31 May, there were 1,144 immigration detainees held in Prison Service establishments in the United Kingdom; of which 428 were held in the dedicated detention facilities at Haslar, Lindholme and Rochester, 16 were held in Northern Ireland, and 47 in Scotland. These figures will include some individuals detained under dual Immigration Act and other powers.