Immigrants: Pregnant Women

Home Office written question – answered on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to end the immigration detention of pregnant women.

Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to end the immigration detention of people over the age of 65.

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

It is not normally considered appropriate to detain pregnant women for immigration offences unless there is either a clear prospect of their early removal, and medical advice does not suggest that the baby is duebefore the planned removal date; or as part of the asylum fast-track process in the case of women who are less than 24 weeks pregnant.

Older people are only considered suitable for detention in exceptional circumstances, especially where constant or significant supervision is required which cannot be satisfactorily managed in detention.

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