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Asylum Seekers

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to end the practice of transporting asylum seekers arriving in Northern Ireland to Dungavel dentention centre in Lanarkshire. (82021)

There are no plans to change the current arrangements whereby individuals in Northern Ireland who are detained under Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 powers are transferred to a detention facility in Great Britain either on the day of detention or within 24 hours. In the majority of cases individuals are, initially, detained at Dungavel house immigration removal centre.