Immigration Removal Centres: Restraint

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the suggestion by the Chief Inspector of Prisons that staff of the Geo group, which operates the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, ignored the advice of a doctor that a Canadian citizen who subsequently died handcuffed in detention should have not been detained or deported.

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

Detention is a vital tool that helps us remove those with no right to be in the country. In 2012 more than 44,000 people were removed or voluntarily departed from the UK. But it must be used appropriately, and the unnecessary use of restraints is unacceptable. Following this incident an investigation was carried out and a number of changes have been made to ensure proper risk assessments are carried out (by contractors) in a timely way, and that restraint should only happen where absolutely necessary.

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