Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

Home Department written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre were disciplined in each of the last three years; for what offences; what action resulted in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

Information prior to July 2006 is not available under the Data Protection Act, which does not permit the storage of records relating to disciplinary action for more than 12 months.

From July 2006 to April 2007, the last 10 months that Global Solutions Limited (GSL) operated the centre under contract to the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), fifteen employees at Yarl's Wood Removal Centre were subject to disciplinary procedures. The disciplinary offences were poor attendance, failure to report absence, unauthorised absence, lateness, failure to follow procedures, unprofessional conduct and harassment, displaying threatening behaviour to a colleague, discourteous to staff, sickness, inappropriate use of language and behaviour and leaving the site without authorisation. None of the disciplinary offences concerned actions towards detainees. The cases resulted in the issue of warnings to the staff concerned. These were in the form of verbal and written warnings.

Serco were awarded the contract for the operation of Yarl's Wood in April 2007. There have since been two disciplinary investigations of staff, both for bringing mobile phones into the establishment. The members of staff were given verbal warnings.

Contractors are responsible for their own disciplinary procedures which are overseen in operation by Border and Immigration Agency staff.

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