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Oakington Immigration Removal Centre

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the future of Oakington Immigration Reception Centre; and if she will make a statement. (277277)

The current lease of Oakington from the Housing and Communities Agency, and the planning permission for its use, expire on 30 June 2010.

We plan to continue to operate Oakington as an immigration removal centre until that date, beyond which our operation is subject to the consent of the landlord and the local council. We are committed to ensuring that the continued operation of Oakington does not delay or otherwise impact upon the proposed Northstowe development.