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Immigration: Detention Centres

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff at immigration detention centres who are in contact with children are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau before they are employed; and, if not, what plans they have to undertake such checks. [HL6207]

All staff at immigration removal centres and escorts who have contact with children are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau before they are employed. In very exceptional circumstances, essential workers may be employed provisionally while the checks are completed. In these circumstances, individuals are accompanied by a fully cleared member of staff while undertaking their duties and do not have free access to the removal centre or lone access to individuals detained.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken at immigration detention centres to implement the recommendations of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and of the Children's Commissioner for England. [HL6208]

Service improvement plans setting out action to be taken to achieve those recommendations in individual HM Chief Inspector of Prisons' reports that are accepted are drawn up, agreed and generally sent to the inspectorate within two months of publication of final reports. Agreed service improvement plans are available in the House Library.

A similar approach was taken in relation to the recommendations in the Children's Commissioner for England's report and our response was sent to the commissioner in August.