Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:54 pm on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Patrick Hall Patrick Hall Labour, Bedford 5:54 pm, 10th February 2010

The hon. Gentleman will have seen, therefore, that the Home Affairs Committee said, among a number of other comments and recommendations, that it regards detention as the final step in the process and that it should not be indeterminate pending legal proceedings. Does he agree that detainees will do all that they can to remain, including using the legal process, and that sometimes they themselves lengthen the period of their detention by seeking legal process? Should we not, therefore, be looking for means of dealing with people going through the legal processes outside detention and in the community, and only detain when the legal processes are truly concluded?

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