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Deportation Flight to Jamaica

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary 3:33 pm, 10th February 2020

The public will note the very dismissive attitude that the Minister has taken to the serious urgent question from my right hon. Friend Mr Lammy. One problem with this deportation flight is that it is not clear how many people on it came to this country as children. The Minister said he will not comment on leaks from the Windrush lessons learned review. Will he accept that the Stephen Shaw review of detention suggests we should not deport people who came here as children? Is the Minister aware that some of the proposed deportees have, in effect, been held incommunicado because of problems with the mobile signal in their detention centre? Is he aware that one thing the Windrush scandal teaches us is that, when we deport people in this way, we need to be absolutely certain about their immigration status? Clearly, none of them are of the Windrush cohort, but some of them may be the children and grandchildren of the Windrush cohort, which would have made it difficult for them to establish their nationality. Is the Minister aware of the very real concern in the community about this mass deportation flight? His dismissive attitude suggests an altogether dismissive attitude to the concerns of the community and what is problematic about this mass deportation flight.