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Immigration: Oakington Removal Centre

Volume 701: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the light of the Chief Inspector's reports, whether they intend to replace the tannoy system at Oakington immigration removal centre. [HL3185]

Although there are no immediate plans to replace the tannoy system, which is used to alert detainees to hospital and other routine appointments, the UK Border Agency and its contractor, GSL, are examining other methods of alerting detainees. These other options are very much in the discussion stage at present and they include the use of mobile phones as pagers, pagers and even the possibility of using runners to pass messages as a paid work opportunity.