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

Serco was offered that contract. One of the principal concerns which many people have had, which the Women for Refugee Women report also identified, was that there were insufficient female detention officers in that facility, and that their numbers needed to be increased. One of the conditions put out before renewing the contract to the tender organisation was that it needed to increase the proportion of female officers. The figure I gave was 65% or 66%; the chief executive may now be saying 60%. I will certainly look into that; I will speak with him and of course will write to the noble Baroness and ensure that she gets the right information. However, the principle is that we need more female detention staff to look after female inmates.