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Immigration: Detainees

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees held at immigration removal centres have required (a) medical treatment and (b) hospital treatment in each of the last two years. (323503)

[holding answer 22 March 2010]: The information requested is not recorded centrally and could be provided only by examination of individual records which would be at disproportionate cost.

However, each immigration removal centre provides on-site medical care 24 hours a day. All detainees are seen by a nurse for a health screening within two hours of arrival at a centre and are given an appointment to see the GP within 24 hours. GPs see detainees earlier if required. Thereafter, they access health care on demand, subject to a triage service similar to that found in GP surgeries in the community.

Secondary treatment is provided by the local primary care trust by way of a referral from healthcare.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times police have been called to each UK Border Agency immigration removal centre in each of the last two years. (323505)

[holding answer 22 March 2010]: The data requested are not recorded at immigration removal centres and could be provided by the UK Border Agency by only examination of individual security records at each centre at disproportionate cost.

The police might be called for a variety of different reasons, including where an offence may have been committed such as an attempt to import drugs into a centre, or to assist with managing disturbances.