Dungavel Detention Centre

Home Department written question – answered on 10th January 2005.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Spokesperson (Social Security (SNP Shadow Scottish Minister); Education & Skills; Home Office; Law Officers; Work & Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained in the family accommodation at Dungavel Detention Centre in each month since its re-opening.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

Following the disturbance at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in July it was necessary, for a short time, to use the family accommodation at Dungavel for single male detainees. The family accommodation at Dungavel is no longer being used for this purpose and families are being detained there as appropriate. Children and infants are detained as part of family groups whose detention is considered necessary, most often just prior to their removal and usually just for a few days.

Information on the total number of children detained under Immigration Act powers in each month is not available. Official statistics on immigration detainees are produced on a snap-shot basis. On 25 September 2004, 40 children were detained solely under Immigration Act powers in the United Kingdom, however none of these were held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

Information on the number of people detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at 25 December 2004 will be published on the Home Office web-site on 22 February 2005. www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1 .html

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