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Immigration: Detention

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 14 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the evidence produced by Bail for Immigration Detainees in September about the Detention Fast Track and its impact on women. [HL117]

The Border and Immigration Agency regularly consults with Bail for Immigration Detainees and considers carefully any such evidence the charity wishes to submit.

The Detained Fast Track office was disappointed not to have been consulted directly prior to the publication of the report Refusal Factory in order to make any comments in relation to its content. The lack of consultation prior to the launch of the report left no room for investigation into the cases reported. However, the Detained Fast Track makes careful and considered decisions on claims based on objective material available and in line with all published guidance, including the gender guidelines.