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Immigration: Mental Illness

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many cases of mental illnesses have been diagnosed among detainees at the Immigration Service removal centres since 2002. [HL1572]

Records of cases where mental illness has been diagnosed are not held centrally. Under the terms of the detention centre rules 2001, detainees are required to be assessed by a doctor with a view to identifying significant mental and physical health needs. The doctor is required to bring to the attention of the centre manager those cases where the doctor's view is that detention should not continue. Such information is brought to the attention of the relevant case holder, who would make a decision on whether detention should cease.