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Immigration: Detention Centres

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many incidents of damage to immigration centres have occurred since December 2005; and whether they have been attributable in any way to any lack of reasonable care and attention given to detainees by the centre’s management and staff. [HL2832]

Since December 2005, there have been two incidents of damage to immigration centres: Harmondsworth on 28 to 29 November 2006; and Campsfield House on 14 March 2007.

Mr Robert Whalley is currently carrying out an investigation into the disturbance at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre. This will establish the lessons to be learnt for the management of the immigration detainees and for the immigration detention estate. He is extending his investigation to cover the incident at Campsfield House.