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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th February 1997.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn , Islington North 3:31 pm, 13th February 1997

The Leader of the House will be aware that I have raised the subject of the treatment of asylum seekers before. Will he find time for a statement or a debate about the number of asylum seekers still held in British prisons, the number in Rochester prison who are still on hunger strike and the great difficulty that supporters and friends of those people are having in making bail applications to the courts to ensure that they at least have some degree of liberty? Is it not a disgrace that this country routinely imprisons nearly 1,000 people for doing nothing more than seek asylum, having fled from political oppression?