Deportation costs (FOI)
Deportation costs (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 12 December 2016.
How many persons were deported from Jersey in the last five years?
How were they transported / deported from the Island ie boat or plane?
Please identify the transport and manpower costs of every deportee in the last five years including hotel accommodation etc.?
Please advise what has been paid to Gama Aviation previously Beauport Aviation for transporting individual cases regarding prisoners and deportees?
How much have the States spent on private aviation (excluding medical / hospital use) in the last five years.
In the last five years, 64 people were deported from Jersey.
Of these, 59 were deported by air, five by sea.
Total travel and accommodation costs were £62,166.18 (inclusive of costs specified in response D below).
Manpower: Estimated cost = £33,571.20.
It would be a lengthy process to ascertain the following manpower cost components in each deportation case:
- numbers of officers used on a particular deportation escort
- the exact route of deportation and which part(s) were escorted
- the pay grades of officers at that time
- the rostered duties of those officers on the day of deportation (to calculate if any premium time payments were made)
It is anticipated that this calculation would take over 12.5 hours to ascertain and Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied.
However, a reasonable estimate of costs has been made on the basis that an ‘average removal’ would require two officers to escort the deportee to London and that officers would travel on a day-return basis to do so:
- 2 x 8 hours at Grade 10/3 + shift + pension + social security = £33,571.20.
For transporting individual cases regarding prisoners and deportees, £22,210.00 has been paid to Gama Aviation (previously Aviation Beauport) in the last five years (two flights for deportations – 2011 and 2013)
The total cost for the last five years is £59,384.00 (which includes the amount stated in response D above.) The figure includes the costs for transferring prisoners by the States of Jersey Police and La Moye Prison and deportations by Customs and Immigration.
Prior to any situation involving the transport of deportees and / or prisoners, a full risk assessment is undertaken. Private aviation is only considered for high-security cases or where the risk to the safety and wellbeing of all affected parties is considered too great to merit the use of public transport. Risk assessments are shared with potential carriers. Any carrier may decline to transport an individual if they consider that to do so would constitute an unreasonable safety risk to its staff and / or other passengers. In these cases, alternative arrangements have to be made.