41 Homer Road
Wednesday 2 September 2020
Dear Ms Esslemont, Re: Freedom of Information request – 59909
Thank you for your email of 12 August concerning Adults at Risk (AAR) in detention. Your
request, which is set out in full in the enclosed annex, is being handled as a request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
Under section 12 of the FOIA, the Home Office is not obliged to comply with an information
request where to do so would exceed the cost limit.
We do record the fact that a person in detention has been recognised as an AAR. The
level at which that risk has been assessed is also recorded and these are in a reportable
format and it might be possible to provide you with this information. However, the reasons
for the assessment are only recorded in freeform notes fields and would need to be
manually sorted in order to match the criteria you have requested. In addition to this you
have asked that those who have not been recognised as an AAR but who may have made
a threat of self-harm, died or attempted suicide are also included in the figures.
The information you have requested could only be obtained by manually examining
individual case records. In the period you have stipulated in excess of 20,000 people
entered immigration detention in the UK and your request would require an inspection of
each case. We have therefore estimated that the cost of meeting your request would far
exceed the cost limit of £600 specified in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. We are therefore unable to comply with it.
The £600 limit is based on work being carried out at a rate of £25 per hour, which equates
to 24 hours of work per request. The cost of locating, retrieving and extracting information
can be included in the costs for these purposes. The costs do not include considering
whether any information is exempt from disclosure, overheads such as heating or lighting,
or items such as photocopying or postage.
Even if you were to break your request down into smaller time periods it is still possible
that each one could exceed the cost limit. You should also be aware that if you were to
submit a series of such smaller requests, we may refuse to provide the information if the
total costs of doing so exceeded the limit. It might be possible to provide aggregate
figures for the cost of flights and/or voluntary repatriations is submitted as separate
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review
of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to email@example.com,
quoting reference 59909
. If you ask for an internal
review, it would be helpful if you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.
As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request would
be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you
were to remain dissatisfied after an internal review, you would have a right of complaint to
the Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the FOIA.
Yours sincerely, Immigration Enforcement Secretariat
Re: Freedom of Information request – 59909
From: M Esslemont <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 12 August 2020 18:04
To: DS FOI <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Response FOI 59755
Dear DS FOI,
On 11 August you submitted the following understanding of my request, as part of a
request for clarification:
"the number of people who were logged on the Home Office Case Information Database
(CID) as an Adult At Risk between the period of 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and were
also recorded as having made a threat of self-harm, having made a known suicide attempt
or have been recorded as a death in detention."
This is partially correct. I have requested this data be provided in a disaggregated form,
according to AAR level (e.g. "1", "2", "3"), each separate "type" of requested vulnerability
("death", "suicide attempt", "threat of self-harm"). I have requested *all* data on AAR levels
and the outlined vulnerability 'types', so it is noted that some individuals may have made a
threat of self-harm, died or attempted suicide but not be represented as an AAR - these
should also be included in the figures.
Please also note that the requested time period refers to individuals' presence in detention,
not the date that a new entry may have been added to the CID. For example, an individual
logged on the CID in 2016 as an asylum seeker, who was detained at any point between
April 2019 - March 2020, should be represented in the requested figure.