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Harmondsworth Centre

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those resident at the Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre on 29 November 2006 have (a) been bailed, (b) been transferred to (i) other immigration detention centres, (ii) secure prison accommodation, (iii) open prison accommodation and (iv) police cells and (c) remained resident at Harmondsworth since that date. (109588)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the results of internal inquiries into disturbances at Harmondsworth Immigration detention centre before 29 November. (109603)

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)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written statement of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 115WS, on Harmondsworth, what assessment he has made of the (a) reasons for and (b) effect of the delay in the arrival of the Prison Service Tornado teams until 6 am. (109604)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will conduct an inquiry into the disturbances at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre on 29 November. (109605)

An inquiry will be conducted into the disturbances at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre on the night of 28 November. A decision on who will undertake this investigation is currently being considered.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the contract to run the Harmondsworth immigration detention centre includes provision for his Department’s press office to deal with press inquiries on behalf of the contractor (a) at all times and (b) in response to specific events. (109681)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have been removed from Harmondsworth immigration removal centre following the incident on 28 November; and where they have been accommodated. (108285)

The number of detainees removed from Harmondsworth immigration removal centre following the incident on 28 November was 422. The detainees have been relocated to other removal centres within the immigration detention estate and to prisons.