28 April 2014

Frank Field (Birkenhead, Labour): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department’s total budget for assisted voluntary returns projects is for the current financial year, and what has been the total budget for such projects in each of the last five years.

James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

The information requested is shown below.

Financial year Total spending on assisted voluntary returns programmes (£ million)
2009-10 20.5
2010-11 17.4
2011-12 7.5
2012-13 8.9
2013-14 8.6
2014-15 10.8

The figures quoted relate to the UK Assisted Voluntary Return Programme, and the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programmes operated in Greece and Turkey.

The figures for years 2009-10 to 2013-14 relate to actual spend and the figures for 2014-15 are projected spend.

The Home Office also receives funding from the European Union for the UK Assisted Voluntary Return programme. Due to a change in financial reporting the amounts for 2011-12 onwards are shown net of the amounts received or expected from this source, while the amounts for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are shown gross although the yearly total budget allocation remains broadly the same.

The Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programmes in Greece and Turkey also receive funding from the British Government’s Return and Reintegration Fund. The figures quoted incorporate this funding stream.

The figures provided are sourced from a Home Office management information system and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which is not quality assured under National Statistics protocols and is subject to change due to internal data quality checking. Figures provided from this source do not constitute part of National Statistics and should be treated as provisional.

(Citation: HC Deb, 28 April 2014, c518)