To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 5 to 16 August 2013, what assessment she has made of that report; and whether, and to what timescale, her Department will implement the recommendations in the report.
The performance by GEO, the contractor running Harmondsworth, has been below the high standard expected.
In response to the inspection report a Service Improvement Plan, to be published within two months, will address each recommendation and outline what action will be taken. Thereafter, the Home Office has 18 months to effect the improvements.
The Home Office has already taken a range of actions to address the areas of immediate concern. Contractors have been reminded of the appropriate use of handcuffs and a specific instruction will be issued for the management of detainees who have been hospitalised. The Home Office has also instigated a new process to notify case owners when detainees are moved to hospital to ensure that detention remains appropriate. There is a new health care provider and the Home Office is working closely with them to ensure that a safe and comprehensive service is provided.