Detention Centres

Home Department written question – answered on 24th February 2014.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how UKBA monitors contractual levels of staffing provided by GEO Group UK Ltd at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The UK Border Agency was abolished in March 2013 and replaced by Home Office UK Visas and Immigration and Home Office Immigration Enforcement; this followed the creation of Border Force as a separate Home Office command in March 2012.

The organisational changes have not altered the way in which contracts with service providers are managed. The contractual staffing levels for GEO at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and for Serco at Colnbrook IRC are monitored by the on-site Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team and through monthly staffing and self-audit reports detailing the hours worked by detainee custody officers and managers.

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