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Detainees: Children

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of asylum seekers (a) had and (b) had not begun to receive a standard programme of child immunisation before entering immigration removal centres in the last 12 months; and how many of those who had not begun to receive immunisations have subsequently started a programme of immunisations at an immigration removal centre. (272840)

Health care at all three immigration removal centres where children can be detained includes an undertaking to continue with childhood vaccination programmes already commenced in the UK until they leave the centre. The specific information is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost by examining each individual record.