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Detention Centres: Hunger Strikes

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many detainees in immigration detention centres went on hunger strike in each of the last five years; (154572)

(2) what guidance has been issued to immigration detention centres on how to deal with those on hunger strike.

We only record detainees who have refused to eat the meals provided. The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

It is normal procedure to place a detainee on a missed meals log if they have missed four consecutive meals, not including breakfast, as this allows staff to monitor their health and welfare to ensure they receive appropriate treatment where necessary.

Detention Services Order 07-2004 was issued to immigration removal centres on how to deal with those on hunger strike. A copy has been placed in the House Library.