Immigration Removal Centres: Restraint

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following reports of the death while in handcuffs of Alois Dvorzac at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, whether they will review procedures for restraining elderly, vulnerable and incapacitated detainees.

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

The use of restraint in this case was completely unjustified and such action must not be repeated in similar circumstances. The independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is investigating the circumstances of Mr Dvorzac's death. The Home Office will carefully consider the findings of the Ombudsman’s report. Firm instructions have been issued making clear that restraint should only happen where a risk assessment judges that it is absolutely necessary.

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