Detention Centres: LGBT People

Home Office written question – answered on 9th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what urgent action they will take to include reference in enforcement instructions and guidance to the assessment of risks relating to detaining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in immigration detention centres.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

When a decision has been taken to detain someone who has no right to be in the UK, the Home Office has specific procedures in place in detention centres to identify those who may be vulnerable and require extra support, which could include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Additionally the Home Secretary recently announced an independent review of welfare in detention led by Stephen Shaw CBE. This review, which is expected to report within 6 months, will focus on vulnerable detainees. Once the review has made its recommendations the Home Office will consider what changes to guidance are required.

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