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Immigration: Harmondsworth Removal Centre

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many fast-track cases have been initiated since the recent disturbances at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre; and how many are being dealt with at each of the establishments where they are being processed. [HL643]

The induction of new detained fast-track (DFT) asylum applications at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre was temporarily suspended on 29 November as a result of disturbances. The intake of cases into the male DFT process resumed on 11 December with the capacity for an initial intake of five new detainees per working day.

As of Friday 8 November, a total of 123 claimants continue to have their cases managed within the detained fast track and remain detained at Harmondsworth and a number of other immigration detention centres.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the fast-track detainees who were at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre at the time of the recent disturbances and who were at initial application or appeal stage are continuing on the fast track at other establishments, or whether they have been released from the fast track to have their cases processed in the community. [HL644]

In the detained fast track (DFT) process at Harmondsworth on Wednesday 29 November there were 18 detainees whose claims were at the initial application. Of these, two have now been granted asylum and the remainder continue in the DFT process. Fifty detainees’ claims were at the appeals stage. Of these, 43 remain in the DFT process, one detainee was granted asylum on appeal and six detainees have been taken out of the DFT process by immigration judges to have their cases processed in the community.