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Immigration: Asylum Seekers

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What criteria are applied by the Immigration Minister when considering a request from officials to extend detention of a child asylum seeker for more than 28 days. [HL3337]

Cases are considered in line with the stated detention policy as set out in the 1998 White Paper Fairer, Faster and Firmer: A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum.

The Minister considers each case on its merits, taking into account the families' circumstances and background, the progress being made towards removal and whether there are any factors, including welfare concerns about the children, that argue against maintaining detention.