HC Deb 07 November 1997 vol 300 cc368-9W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines exist for the police in respect of the removal of illegal immigrants. [13979]

Mr. Michael

Home Office Circular 38/1995 Police and Immigration Service Joint Enquiries contains guidance for the chief officer of police. It draws attention to the recommendations contained in the Joint Review of Procedures in Immigration Removal Cases, which was completed by senior officers of the Metropolitan Police and the Immigration Service in January 1994, and in which the Association of Chief Police Officers also participated. Additionally the circular gives broad guidance to the police on the conduct of immigration inquiries.

Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removals to other countries of illegal immigrants his Department has authorised since 1 May. [14007]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The number of illegal entrants removed from the United Kingdom, including voluntary departures after illegal entry action had been initiated, between 1 May 1997 and 30 September 1997 was 2,015. This does not include persons removed as a result of deportation action or under port refusal procedures.