Asylum: LGBT People

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

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to tackle bullying, harassment and abuse of LGBTI people in immigration detention centres, including Harmondsworth and Yarl’s Wood, in the light of the recent Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, and concerns expressed by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.

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

We take the welfare of our detainees very seriously and no form of ill-treatment or discrimination is tolerated.

All immigration removal centres have anti-bullying strategies in place. Every detainee receives an individual risk assessment at the point of initial detention which is repeated when the detainee enters the immigration removal centre. The risk assessment is kept under review.

On 9 February 2015 the Home Secretary announced an independent review of welfare in detention, led by Stephen Shaw CBE, which will focus on vulnerable detainees. The review is expected to report in 6 months.

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