Detention Centres

Home Department written question – answered on 16th July 2014.

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Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Gold Suite has been opened at each immigration removal centre in England and Wales in the last year; and what the nature was of each incident that caused it to be opened.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office command suite structure for the management of serious incidents is based on the model operated by the Prison Service. Silver Command Suites are opened in the establishment where the incident occurred.

A Gold Command Suite is opened in Prison Service headquarters for incidents where the Home Office requests mutual assistance from the Prison Service and is attended by a Home Office senior manager.

Any other serious incident, which does not require mutual assistance but requires ongoing management, is dealt with by opening a Gold Command Suite at Detention Operations headquarters.

The number of times Silver Suites have been opened in the past year in immigration removal centres is detailed in the following table for January 2013 to March 2014 and is provided in line with the data periods for published statistics.

Silver Suites opened in IRCs for January 2013 to March 2014
IRC Number of incidents Date Incident
Morton Hall 1 7 April 2013 Concerted indiscipline
Haslar 1 22 July 2013 Barricade
Dungavel 1 10 March 2013 Escape
Campsfield House 2 20 August 2013 Incident at height
    18 October 2013 Fire
Dover 2 18 October 2013 Incident at height
    9 August 2013 Barricade
Brook House 2 15 May 2013 Tool loss
    9 September 2013 External protest
Yarl’s Wood 2 5 March 2014 Bomb threat
    30 March 2014 Death in detention
Harmondsworth 6 30 April 2012 Concerted indiscipline, passive.
    1 January 2013 External protest
    18 July 2013 Concerted indiscipline, passive
    6 August 2013 Concerted indiscipline, passive
    22 November 2013 External protest
    29 November 2013 External protest
Colnbrook 0    
Tinsley House 0    

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