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Immigration: Detention Centres

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken in relation to illegal immigrants detained in police or immigration custody in circumstances where there is a lack of capacity within the immigration detention estate. (202609)

Detainees can be held in police cells or Short Term Holding Facilities for a maximum of five nights, or seven nights if removal directions are in place. Within this period they are expected to be removed from the United Kingdom, transferred into suitable long term accommodation, or released.

Alternatives to detention are considered for those who are released from detention such as reporting conditions which restricts an individual’s place of residence, employment or occupation, physically reporting to a police or an immigration reporting centre and electronic monitoring.