Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (176, 177)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

295 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of people who have been detained under section 5 of the Aliens Act 1935 for the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. [2372/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

Section 5 of the Aliens Act 1935 empowers the Minister to make a range of orders for the purpose of immigration control. Consequently, there are no powers of detention specified in that provision.

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

296 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of people who have been detained under section 5 of the Immigration Act 1999 for the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. [2374/04]

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Section 5 of the Immigration Act 1999 covers the arrest, detention and removal of non-nationals from the State. The number of persons deported per annum is as follows: 2000 — 194; 2001 — 365; 2002 — 547; 2003 — 584.