Yarls Wood Immigration Detention Centre

Home Department written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 615W, on Yarls Wood immigration detention centre

(1) how many detainees are expected at the centre in (a) the first month, (b) the second month and (c) subsequently for the next four months; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many contractors' personnel there are, broken down by occupation;

(3) how many of his Department's personnel are employed at the centre, broken down by occupation; and what were their respective dates of first employment at the centre.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

holding answer 5 November 2001

The following identifies the numbers of contractors personnel broken down by occupation:

Construction Related Trades:
Project Managers 24
Modular Specialists 3
Mechanical, electrical and public health engineers 73
General Construction Trades (Joiners, painters and decorators, flooring specialists, furniture installers) 141
External Works—landscaping, road repairs 22
General labourers 19
Caterers 3
Operational Activities
Senior/Middle Managers 17
Supervisors 20
Detention Custody Officers 263
Administrative Staff 6
Facilities Staff 16
Chaplaincy 2
Education/Activities Department 17
Project Managers 3
Medical Services 24
Catering and cleaning services 77

The centre has an agreed incremental build up rate for detainees in the first four months, leading to operational capacity, as follows:

Month 1: 185

Month 2: 206

Month 3: 239

Month 4: 270.

Following this the centre will be capable of holding up to 900 detainees at any one time.

The following Home Office Staff are employed at the centre:

Immigration Service Operational Staff: 16

Administrative Support Grades: 7.

The dates of first employment for departmental personnel cannot be given as information regarding individual employees is confidential.

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