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Immigration Removal Centres (Contraband)

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

9. What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on levels of contraband in immigration removal centres in Scotland. (325094)

Given that contraband is being sent into Her Majesty’s prison in Edinburgh by the use of crossbows, what is the danger of that happening in the immigration centre? Why do Scottish people use crossbows rather than English longbows?

The management of prisons in Scotland is, of course, a matter for the Scottish Government’s Ministry of Justice. We have policies and procedures in place to prevent contraband from coming into removal centres, but we would not comment on the details because that might compromise the safety of the centre.