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Inquiry into Brook House Immigration Removal Centre: Publication of Report

Volume 737: debated on Tuesday 19 September 2023

Today the independent inquiry into the mistreatment of individuals who were detained at Brook House immigration removal centre (IRC) between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017, as shown in the BBC Panorama programme “Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets”, has published its report.

The report can be found on the Brook House inquiry website from noon today.

The report sets out failings in both oversight and governance to protect the welfare of detained individuals within Brook House IRC during this period.

The Government take the welfare and safety of those we detain very seriously and has made significant improvements to immigration detention since the dates covered by the inquiry.

I would like to thank Kate Eves and the inquiry team for their work to establish the facts of what happened at Brook House IRC, to identify learning and to make recommendations that will help to prevent a recurrence of such events.

We will carefully consider the findings of this inquiry in its detailed report, including the recommendations in relation to the management of the immigration detention estate and the welfare of detained individuals.

I have today laid the inquiry’s report before the House, and it will also be published on www.gov.uk.

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