Detention Centres

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to expand the immigration detention estate.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 6 September 2013

The capacity and location of the detention estate is under constant review and we consider any opportunities to rebalance it in order to aid removal of those who have no right to remain in the UK. The conversion of HMP The Verne in Dorset into an Immigration Removal Centre, which will add 580 beds was announced by the Ministry of Justice on 4 September 2013.

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