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Colnbrook Detention Centre

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees at Colnbrook detention centre were on hunger strike on 28 June. (83089)

I am advised that Immigration and Nationality Directorate records indicate that, at Colnbrook removal centre on 28 June 2006, nine detainees did not take their evening meal that day and that there were five detainees who had refused to take the meals provided for three days or more. All were taking fluids.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on conditions at Colnbrook detention centre. (83090)

It is Government policy that all detainees must be treated with dignity and respect. The operation of all removal centres is governed by the detention centre rules 2001 which are reinforced by operating standards. The Immigration Service and its contractors are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all detainees. Detention is essential to effective immigration control and must be undertaken with humanity and dignity. Oversight of conditions in all removal centres is provided through independent monitoring boards. An IMB is appointed to all removal centres and members report regularly to me on the state of the premises, the administration of the centre and the treatment of detainees. Centres are also inspected by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons and the comprehensive reports produced are used to produce auditable action plans to achieve improvements.

Similar action is also undertaken in response to investigation reports into any deaths that may occur in centres which are undertaken by the prisons and probation ombudsman.