HC Deb 08 June 1989 vol 154 cc215-6W
Mr. Darling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation orders were signed by immigration officers in each of the last five years; and how many of those were signed by officers at inspector level or above in each month since August 1988.

Mr. Renton

[holding answer 6 June 1989]: Deportation orders are always signed by Ministers, normally by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.

In the five years from 1984–88, the numbers of notices of intention to deport under section 3(5)(a) of the Immigration Act 1971, against which there is a right of appeal to the independent appellate authorities, signed by members of the immigration and nationality department were as follows:

1984 2,278
1985 1,578
1986 661
1987 794
1988 1,751

Information about the number of notices of intention to deport signed by an immigration officer in this period on the authority of a responsible official in the deportation section of IND is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Since 1 August 1988, notices of intention to deport under section 3(5)(a) may be authorised by a member of the immigration service at not less than inspector level. The number so authorised (and signed by an immigration officer) since 1988 is as follows:

August 82
September 114
October 121
November 208
December 159
January 226
February 224

March 252
April 171

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