Immigration: Regulations — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:23 pm on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:23 pm, 11th March 2015

My Lords, I have read the report which came out last week. The Home Office will, of course, give a proper response to such an important and thorough piece of work. As to the noble Lord’s point about detention, he will be aware that 93% of those who are actually detained in immigration removal centres are there for less than four months. They are the most serious of cases—people who have come to this country clandestinely. We need to establish their identity because it would be a dereliction of duty not to identify those whom we are letting into this country. There are foreign national offenders and people whose appeals have been exhausted. However, we are keeping this under review and that is why the Home Secretary has asked Stephen Shaw to undertake a thorough review.