Detention Centres

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

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are allocated to each room in immigration detention centres.

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

holding answer 20 March 2014

Rooms in immigration removal centres are generally shared by two or three occupants, although there are also single occupancy and some larger rooms, which can accommodate up to eight detainees. The largest room capacity is a 12-bed first-night unit in Dungavel, Scotland.

In order to be used as sleeping accommodation, rooms must be certified in accordance with Detention Services Order 4/2003 by the Secretary of State, that the lighting, heating and ventilation are adequate for health. This is available at:

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