Sadiq Khan – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Sadiq Khan on 2014-04-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals in prison awaiting deportation beyond the end of their sentence have spent (a) up to one month, (b) up to two months, (c) up to six months, (d) up to 12 months, (e) up to 24 months, (f) up to 60 months and (g) over 60 months awaiting deportation.

James Brokenshire

The table below shows the number of time served Foreign National Offenders
(FNOs) in prison pending deportation, based on the length of time held beyond
the end of their sentence, as of 31 December 2013.

Time held beyond end of sentence


0-1 month


1-2 months


2-6 months


6-12 months


12-24 months


24-60 months


60+ months


Grand Total


1. All figures quoted have been derived from management information and are
therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been
quality assured under National Statistics protocols.
2. Figures relate to main applicants only.
3. Figures relate to FNO cases who met the criteria for deportation only.
4. Figures rounded to the nearest 5 ( – = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the
totals shown because of independent rounding.
5. Data is a snapshot of individuals detained in prison on 31 December 2013.

We make every effort to ensure that a person’s removal by deportation
coincides, as far as possible, with his/her release from prison on completion
of sentence. Where a detainee refuses to cooperate with the removal or
deportation process, detention may be prolonged.

The Immigration Bill will have a significant impact on the ability of FNOs to
delay removal by mounting legal challenges whilst in the UK. The current
appeals system means that 17 different types of decision can be appealed. The
Immigration Bill will simplify the appeals system and mean that appeals can
only be brought where the Home Office has refused a protection (asylum or
humanitarian protection) claim, a human rights claim or a claim based on EU
free movement rights. It will also give us the power to certify that where
deportation will not cause serious irreversible harm, the appeal will be heard
after the FNO has left the country.