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Detention Centres: Religion

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded cases there have been of verbal or physical abuse of converts from (a) Hinduism, (b) Christianity, (c) Judaism, (d) Islam, (e) Sikhism, (f) Buddhism and (g) other religions detained in (i) immigration removal centres and (ii) short-term holding centres since 2000. (290295)

The UK Border Agency does not collate the information requested and could provide it by checking each individual detainee record only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms he has to record the frequency with which detainees at the immigration removal centres at (a) Brook House, (b) Campsfield House, (c) Colnbrook IRC, (d) Dover, (e) Dungavel House, (f) Haslar, (g) Kalyx, (h) Lindholme, (i) Oakington, (j) Tinsley House and (k) Yarl's Wood have requested visits by a religious representative of their choice; how often such requests have been fulfilled in each of the last three years; and how long on average it took to fulfil such a request in each such year. (290312)

Each Immigration Removal Centre has a Manager for Religious Affairs, who takes responsibility for facilitating detainee requests to see a religious representative of his or her choice. In addition, most centres have an on-site Chaplain who, alongside a diverse group of regular visiting ministers, delivers a wide-ranging religious affairs programme. As such, requests to see other specific religious representatives do not arise often. There have been 34 recorded requests in the last three years. The data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.