Home Department written question – answered on 13th May 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons she will no longer fund the detention element of the Choices service from 1 April 2014; whether an alternative assisted voluntary returns programme will be made available to immigration detainees; and what assessment she has made of the potential effects of this decision on the number of (a) assisted voluntary returns and (b) enforced removals.

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

An assessment of the impact of this change is in train and the range of possible alternatives is complex. A full written response on the issue will be provided to the Member in due course, and the letter placed in the House Library.

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