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Immigration: Detainees

Volume 715: debated on Monday 30 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal responsibility the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration takes for detainees held for longer than 28 days; and whether he has visited those held for longer than six months or one year. [HL115]

The Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, on advice, personally considers whether detention should continue in those cases involving families with children detained for 28 days or longer. In all other cases, detention is reviewed on a regular basis at increasingly senior levels within the UK Border Agency. The Minister does not undertake visits to individual detainees.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigration detainees have been released in each of the past three years because their medical examinations showed a serious physical or mental health condition. [HL117]

We do not hold medical data centrally. The information could be provided only by examining individual records at disproportionate cost.

Detainees are seen by a nurse within two hours of arrival for a medical screening examination. Any particular concerns are reported to the GP straight away. In any case, detainees are given an appointment to see a GP within 24 hours. Thereafter, detainees can access healthcare services on demand or following referral by a member of staff if there are particular concerns.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convicted offenders are currently in immigration detention pending deportation; and in which centres they are held. [HL119]

As at 1 August 2009 there were approximately 1,800 foreign national offenders detained beyond completion of their sentence under immigration powers who the UK Border Agency was seeking to deport from the UK. Around 500 of those were held in UK prisons, with the remainder in immigration removal centres within the UK Border Agency detention estate.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when a person is first held in immigration detention, the written reasons for detention are always provided in a language that the detained person understands. [HL120]

Every detained person is provided with written reasons for his/her detention at the point of initial detention. Reasons are provided in English but are explained to the detainee, using an interpreter where needed.