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Immigration: Deportation

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the death of Jimmy Mubenga when restrained by officers from G4S, whether G4S continues to accompany deportees.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Government would prefer that those with no basis of stay in the United Kingdom leave the country voluntarily. Where they fail to do so escorts are empowered legally to ensure they comply with their removal. It has been the practice of successive Governments to use private security companies to escort immigration detainees. G4S has a contract to provide such services to the UK Border Agency until the end of April 2011 when the service will be provided by Reliance Secure Task Management.

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