Immigration Detention Estate

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons on 21st January 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

What recent assessment he has made of the size of the (a) current and (b) future immigration detention estate; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Government are committed to using the detention estate sparingly, and only when necessary. We have taken a systematic approach to modernising and rationalising the detention estate, so that we ensure that we have the geographical footprint and resilience required to meet our future needs. By this summer, the detention estate will be almost 40% smaller than four years ago, and of significantly higher quality.

Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

I welcome very much the closure of Campsfield House; I have been campaigning for its closure for a very long time. However, it happened very quickly, so lots of workers are now worried about where they will find a job. The local community is desperate to know the plans for the site once Campsfield is totally run down.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

I am glad that the hon. Lady identified her involvement with the Close Campsfield campaign. I am conscious that she was at many of the protests calling for the closure of Campsfield. We are developing options for the future use of the site following the end of the contract, which was, in any case, scheduled to end in May 2019. Although the employment of Mitie staff is a question for Mitie, the company has provided assurances that it is actively engaged with its staff on redeployment options within its business. All detainees have been transferred to other centres where they will be held in decent and dignified conditions.