Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 19th September 2002.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers previously placed in Yarl's Wood detention centre are now detained in Her Majesty's prisons; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Citizenship and Immigration), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism)

Immigration detainees who are assessed to pose a control and security risk may be transferred from Immigration Service removal centres to prison accommodation in line with established policy. This will include a number of detainees who were held at Yarl's Wood at the time of the incident together with individuals held at other removal centres. In this respect, as in all others, detainees who were held at Yarl's Wood are not being treated differently to detainees held elsewhere, nor are they being recorded separately. Exact figures for the number of former Yarl's Wood detainees currently held in prison accommodation could be obtained only by examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

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