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Earl William (Detention Centre)

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he proposes to renew the charter of the Earl William at Harwich as an immigration detention centre; and if he will make a statement.

The lease for the charter of the Earl William at Harwich as an immigration detention centre was initially for a period of three months from early May. It was extended in July for a further period of three months, which expires on 30 November. I have decided not to exercise the options in the contract for further possible extensions beyond that date.