Immigration Detention: Victims of Modern Slavery

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:59 pm on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration 1:59 pm, 17th July 2019

Individuals in immigration detention are entitled to a free legal advice surgery of 30 minutes within the first 24 hours of their detention and to have as many of those surgeries thereafter. As part of the Shaw re-review of last year, we piloted automatic bail referrals after two months instead of four months, as previously.

I must correct my right hon. Friend: it is not lawful to detain individuals indefinitely. They may be detained only when there are realistic grounds for removal within a reasonable timescale.