Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 21st January 2014.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many of those detained at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration detention centres were diagnosed with a mental illness in each of the last 12 months; and how many of those were (i) released from detention as a consequence and (ii) transferred to a hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983;

(2) how many of those detained at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration detention centres were diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder in each of the last 12 months; and how many of those were (i) released from detention as a consequence and (ii) transferred to a hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

It is not possible to provide the numbers of individuals released from detention as a consequence of specific illnesses without examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Medical records for detainees are confidential. The Home Office would only seek information from medical practitioners where it was directly relevant to the consideration of the case.

The decision on whether continuing detention is appropriate is a matter for case owners who must take a number of factors into consideration, including any reported or observed mental health issues.

Under the requirements of the Detention Centre Rules 2001, case (owners are alerted to changes in a detainee's medical condition through a rule 35(1) report which advises of any detained person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued detention or any conditions of detention.

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