Report (1st Day)

Part of Immigration Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour 4:45 pm, 1st April 2014

My Lords, I speak very briefly in support of this amendment so that my noble friend Lord Judd is not on his own on these Benches in supporting it. The noble Lord, Lord Roberts, likened detention to hell, but it is probably more like purgatory because people are in limbo. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, referred to the mental health problems faced by people. Is it surprising that there are very serious mental health problems when people do not know how long they will be there? Just from common decency and humanity, I hope we will be able to support this amendment.