Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 12th March 2014.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many of those detained in each of the last 12 months at (a) Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (b) all immigration detention centres were considered to have been a victim of torture; and how many of those were released from detention as a consequence;

(2) how many of those detained at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre were the subject of a Rule 35 report in each of the last 12 months; and how many were released from detention as a consequence.

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

Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001 sets out requirements for doctors at immigration removal centres to report on:

(1) any detained person whose health is likely to be injuriously affected by continued detention or any conditions of detention;

(2) any detained person suspected of having suicidal intentions; and

(3) any detained person for whom there are concerns that they may have been a victim of torture.

Reports made under Rule 35(3) are based on concerns that the detainees in question may have been victims of torture, rather than findings that they have been. The issue of a Rule 35 report does not mean that the detainee concerned will be released automatically from detention, or even necessarily that the doctor making the report will have recommended release. It provides a mechanism for information to be brought to the attention of Home Office caseworkers so that it may be considered and the person's detention reviewed in light of it, in line with detention policy.

Whether or not an individual is released will depend on the specific facts of the case. If a report is considered to amount to independent evidence of torture, Home Office published detention policy states that detention should only be maintained under exceptional circumstances.

The information provided in the following tables is based on management information only and has not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These figures are provisional and are subject to change.

Table 1 provides information for each of the last 12 months for Rule 35(3), ie persons for whom there are concerns that they may have been victims of torture, for Yarl's Wood and then all Immigration Removal Centres.

Table 2 provides information for each of the last 12 months for all three categories of Rule 35 report for Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

It is not possible to provide the numbers of individuals released from detention as a consequence of the diagnosis of any illness without examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Table 1
Rule 35(3) 2013 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Total
Yarl's Wood 40 30 35 35 60 70 40 50 50 40 55 45 555
                           
All centres 120 130 120 125 135 135 130 140 145 140 130 145 1,595
Note: Figures rounded to the nearest five (‘-’ = 0, * = one or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.
Table 2
Rule 35 2013 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Total
Yarl's Wood 40 30 35 35 60 70 40 50 50 40 55 45 560
Note: Figures rounded to the nearest five (‘-’ = 0, * = one or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

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