Immigration: Detention

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th February 2014.

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

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 January (WA 276), why the system of gathering data on the medical welfare of those detained for immigration purposes was changed.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 January (WA 276), what was the system for gathering data on the medical welfare of those detained for immigration purposes before 2012; and what is the system now.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 7 January (WA 276), how information relating to self harm would be (1) gathered, and (2) made publicly accessible, other than in response to Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests.

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

Management information relating to individuals placed on Assessment Care in Detention and Teamwork monitoring, or individuals requiring medical attention as a result of self harm, is part of data collated for internal performance monitoring. The data collation process was changed in 2012 to avoid duplication and to improve and rationalise data quality.

Prior to 2012 data was collated centrally by month. After 2012 changes were made to the reporting frequency, data periods covered, and categories of data collected.

Information on the number of incidents of self harm is management information and does not form part of published statistics. There are no plans to change this.

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