Immigration: Detention

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of (1) self-harm requiring medical attention, (2) individuals being managed as having a risk of self-harm, (3) hunger strike, and (4) individuals being managed as having a risk of hunger striking, took place in immigration detention in each of the last ten years, and to date in 2013.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The data gathering process has changed over the requested period. A complete and readily comparable data set is not available for the whole period. However, information relating to self harm has been released periodically covering the period since January 2012 in response to Freedom of Information requests and is comparable and reproduced below.

Data period Individuals placed on Assessment Care in Detention Treatment (ACDTs) Individuals requiring medical attention as a result of self harm
2012 (January to December) 1814 208
2013 (January to September) 1914 266

The data is based on management information only and has not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These figures are provisional and are subject to change.

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