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Health Services

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 327. (200224)

The code of practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C) issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 places a requirement on the custody officer to determine whether a detainee is in need of medical treatment. The cost of meeting medical treatment or attention at the police station is met from public funds.

The UK Border Agency currently pays out of public funds for the provision of health and social care services to individuals detained under Immigration Act powers in contracted-out immigration removal centres established under section 149 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.