House of Commons / 6 July 2009 : Column 563W
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on (a) commercial air flights and (b) chartering flights for the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers in each month of the last four years. 
Mr. Woolas: The total costs for public expense removals on scheduled flights and chartered flights in each of the last four financial years are shown in the following table. It is not possible to disaggregate the costs for removal of failed asylum seekers from the overall removal figures without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.
These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols and should be treated as provisional and subject to change.
Charter flights Scheduled flights
2008-09: 8,227,553.38 ~ 18,562,162.35
2007-08: 4,811,162.12 ~ 15,606,958.80
2006-07: 4,149,294.35 ~ 12,895,668.31
2005-06: 4,339,865.31 ~ 12,933,092.35
(1) The total cost of charter and scheduled flights includes administration cost plus cancellation fees.
Thanks to Mary Pearson for this information. As we get cut backs in essential services, no services for the vulnerable: although if you have a mental health problem you are likely to have a lot spent on you – that is if our are one of the many ending up in prison. To think that we once voted to bring in caring government after the miseries of the Thatcher years! You think the Tories lost the election….