Asylum: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the detention of each woman who has sought asylum have been in the last three years, as set out in form IS91R.

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

It is not possible to provide a list of the reasons that women who have sought asylum have been detained in the last three years. This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Published policy states that detention may normally be used in the following circumstances: initially, while identity or basis of claim are established; where there is reason to believe the person concerned will not comply with any conditions attached to the grant of temporary admission or temporary release; as part of a fast-track asylum process; or to effect removal from the UK.

These general detention criteria apply to both women and men.

All decisions to detain are taken on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all relevant available information.

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