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Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the treatment of women detainees at Yarl’s Wood since Serco took over the management contract; and if he will make a statement. (137995)

Since Serco Ltd were awarded the contract to operate Yarl’s Wood there have been representations from detainees at Yarl’s Wood concerning rumours about possible changes to procedures and routines at the centre. Detainees were written to by the centre director on 4 and 5 May to address the unwarranted rumours. Representations have been received on the same subject from private individuals and the organisation Black Women Against Rape. My officials have responded with assurances that the rumours concerning possible changes to procedures and routines at Yarl’s Wood are unfounded.