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Detention Centres: Complaints

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means her Department monitors trends in allegations of assault by its staff and its contractors, with particular reference to immigration removal centre and immigration escort staff; and if she will make a statement. (195040)

Allegations of assault are recorded and monitored by the Border and Immigration Agency’s Detention Services. All such allegations are investigated by an independent, trained investigator from the Agency’s Professional Standards Unit and are additionally referred to the police for their own investigation.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what penalties have been imposed on her Department’s contractors in relation to upheld complaints regarding assaults on detainees by their staff in immigration removal centres and in transit in the last four years; and if she will make a statement. (195041)

In the last four years, there have been two instances of performance measures being imposed against contractors in relation to complaints of assaults on detainees by staff in immigration removal centres or in transit being upheld. Financial penalties are considered to be commercial in confidence and it is not BIA policy to release this information.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of alleged assault of immigrants by her Department's staff or its contractors’ staff have been reported by (a) the alleged victims, (b) their befrienders, (c) witnesses, (d) solicitors, (e) independent monitoring boards and (f) immigration removal centres over the last four years; and if she will make a statement. (195180)