Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 6th January 2014.

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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 the length of time an individual has been held in prison solely under immigration powers is used to decide which time-served foreign national prisoners will be transferred from the prison estate to immigration removal centres.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

When a time served foreign national offender has been risk assessed for their suitability to move from a prison to an IRC, every practical effort is made to ensure that they are moved in chronological order of the time served date.

In addition, the Home Office work hard to balance this need with the need to arrange value for money moves. This involves grouping moves that are both geographically and operationally advantageous to minimise the cost.

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