Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Hussein-Ece Baroness Hussein-Ece Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of time that women who apply for asylum claiming to be raped or tortured are detained in immigration detention centres; and what considerations govern such detentions.

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

The Home Office’s Central Information Database (CID) does not centrally hold information on the number of women who apply for asylum claiming to be raped or tortured. Therefore, we are unable to provide information on the average length of time that these women are detained in immigration detention centres.

However, the Home Office only detains individuals for whom there is independent evidence of torture in very exceptional circumstances.

An individual’s suitability for detention is under constant review. In addition to this, doctors working in Immigration Removal Centres are required to report to the Home Office if they have any concerns over the health of a individual in order that the appropriateness of their continued detention may be reviewed

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