Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 18th March 2015.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the use of detention for immigration purposes.

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

Detention plays a key role in maintaining an effective immigration control and protecting our borders. We keep periods of detention to a minimum, consistent

with the need to detain in order to remove from the UK those with no right to be here and who do not leave voluntarily.

There are no plans to review the use of detention overall but on 9 February the Home Secretary announced that Stephen Shaw, the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, is to lead an independent review of the policies and procedures relating to the welfare of immigration detainees.

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