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Detention Centres: Mobile Telephones

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) SIM cards were confiscated from persons held in immigration detention centres in each of the last five years. (313450)

Detainees are permitted to retain their own mobile telephone while in the UK Border Agency's detention estate with the exception of those with a camera, recording facility or provide access to the internet; such phones are placed into the detainee's property store and returned upon discharge.

Mobile phones and SIM cards may be removed from detainees for security reasons if a detainee has been removed from association in accordance with Rule 40 and Rule 42 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001. The phone is returned to the detainee when he or she is returned to the rest of the population.

We do not keep a central record of phones confiscated from detainees.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) SIM cards have been issued to immigration detainees in each of the last five years. (313500)

We do not keep a central record of mobile telephones borrowed or purchased by detainees held in immigration removal centres.