Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd July 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 if she will hold an inquiry into trends in the number of deaths of individuals detained in immigration detention.

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

Any death in immigration detention is a tragic event and each death is subject to independent investigation, as appropriate, by the police, the coroner and the prisons and probation ombudsman.

Any recommendations made by the investigating authorities are thoroughly examined to see how they can be used to help prevent further tragedies across the detention estate and action plans are drawn up to monitor their implementation.

For example, firm written reminders were issued to all suppliers on the requirements of the current Detention Services Order on use of handcuffs, which was followed up by a workshop on their appropriate use and the importance of proper risk assessments. Recommendations relevant to medical care for detainees have been shared with NHS England to inform their commissioning of health care services from 1 September 2014.

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