Backbench Business — Immigration Detention

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 1:11 pm on 10th September 2015.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury 1:11 pm, 10th September 2015

I absolutely agree with those comments.

Detention is a costly exercise at about £40,000 a year. The comparative cost of maintaining those seeking asylum in the community is significantly cheaper. There is significant evidence that the detention of asylum seekers is expensive, unnecessary and unjust. There is a clear appetite across the House for a change in culture and I look forward to seeing real progress on this issue.