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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 immigration detainees held other than at Harmondsworth and assessed as (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high risk were bailed as a result of the disturbances at Harmondsworth on 30 November; and with how many the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has now lost contact. (109602)

Following the Harmondsworth disturbances a relocation of low risk detainees within the detention estate took place and a total of fifty non-Harmondsworth detainees were granted bail after appropriate assessment. No breaches of reporting conditions have been advised to date.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the private contractor running Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre is financially liable for (a) damage caused to the facility in the disturbances on 29 November and (b) costs incurred by the Home Office in bringing the disturbances under control. (109609)

Harmondsworth IRC is fully insured. Harmondsworth Detention Services Ltd., which operates the Centre under contract with the Secretary of State for the Home Department, is liable for a share of the policy deductible. I am considering any potential liabilities of the Contractor and the insurers in relation to the costs of bringing the disturbance under control.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were on duty at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre on (a) 28 and (b) 29 November; and how many (i) Home Office and (ii) police staff were used to bring the disturbances under control. (109610)

The number of contractor staff on duty between 19:30 on 28 November and 06:00 on 29 November was 76. The number of Immigration Service staff on duty at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 28 November was seven and on the 29 November it was nine.

A total of 224 HM Prison Service staff were deployed to bring the disturbance under control and a number of Metropolitan Police officers were involved in both securing the perimeter of the building and escorting detainees from the centre once the disturbance was brought under control.