Of the detainees resident in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre on 29 November, none were bailed. However 422 detainees were transferred to other places of detention: 309 to other immigration removal centres, 102 to Prison Service accommodation and 11 to police stations, while 60 remained in Harmondsworth.
An investigation was carried out by the head of security group, HM Prison Service following the disturbance at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre on 19/20 July 2004. A copy of this report was placed in the House of Commons Library on 16 November 2006. (HC 1265)
Prison Service Tornado teams were dispatched throughout the night from prisons all over the south of England. Arrival times at Harmondsworth depended on the distance prison service staff would have to travel. All prison service staff were fully briefed before entering the centre.
The Contract between Harmondsworth detention services and the Secretary of State for the Home Department (‘the Authority’) to run Harmondsworth IRC does not include provision for the Authority’s press office to deal with press inquiries on behalf of the contractor (a) at all times and (b) in response to specific events.