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Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given to deportation escorts on the tightness of handcuffs on deportees; and if he will make a statement. (134973)

All immigration escorting staff are trained in the application of handcuffs.

They are taught that handcuffs must be checked for security and comfort on application and then periodically whilst they remain in place. The handcuffs should ensure effective security but not be overly constrictive so that the skin is not pinched or circulation restricted.