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Airports: Heathrow

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will respond to the report by the Independent Monitoring Board for Heathrow Airport, in particular its comment that it perceives a “deep-seated negative attitude” towards those detained in immigration custody at the airport. [HL3488]

The UK Border Agency is appreciative of the work of the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport. Many of the suggested improvements referred to in the IMB's report had already been identified and are already work in progress. A response to the issues raised in the report is being prepared and will be sent to the chair of the board before the end of May.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to address the Independent Monitoring Board for Heathrow Airport's comments about facilities for personal hygiene in five of the six detention areas. [HL3489]

The UK Border Agency is appreciative of the work of the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport. Many of the suggested improvements referred to in the IMB's report had already been identified and are already work in progress. A response to the issues raised in the report is being prepared and will be sent to the chair of the board before the end of May.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to address the Independent Monitoring Board for Heathrow Airport's comments about UK Border Agency escorting patterns when men, women and child detainees are brought to the airport. [HL3490]

The UK Border Agency is appreciative of the work of the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport. Many of the suggested improvements referred to in the IMB's report had already been identified and are already work in progress. A response to the issues raised in the report is being prepared and will be sent to the chair of the board before the end of May.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to address the Independent Monitoring Board for Heathrow Airport's comments about meeting reasonable welfare needs and treating detainees with humanity. [HL3491]

The UK Border Agency is appreciative of the work of the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport. Many of the suggested improvements referred to in the IMB's report had already been identified and are already work in progress. A response to the issues raised in the report is being prepared and will be sent to the chair of the board before the end of May.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the chairman and members of the Independent Monitoring Board for Heathrow Airport will be included in any discussions or decisions which are made on their report. [HL3492]

The Independent Monitoring Board regularly meets representatives from the UK Border Agency and its contractors to discuss detainee welfare concerns. The UKBA is producing an action plan following the acknowledgement to the IMB's annual report from the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration. The IMB will be invited to attend meetings to review its progress.