Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre

Home Office written question – answered on 25th June 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures she plans to take to implement the recommendations of the most recent report on Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons; and if she will conduct a review of the operation of (a) the families unit and (b) alternatives to detention at that centre.

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

HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) published their report of Tinsley House immigration removal centre (IRC) on their website on 28 May following the unannounced inspection.

The recommendations made are already under consideration. This includes the recommendation to reassess the role of the family unit and to consider alternatives to detention before holding families with children at the centre.

In line with the protocol agreed with HMIP, we will respond formally to the report with a service improvement plan (SIP) within two months of the report’s publication. The SIP will be made public on HMIP’s website.

On 9 February the Home Secretary announced an independent review of detainee welfare in immigration detention, led by the former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw. The review is expected to report in September and will seek to identify whether improvements can be made to safeguard the health and wellbeing of detainees across the immigration detention estate, short term holding facilities, and those being escorted in the UK.

The Government will publish the report by laying it before Parliament, alongside the Government’s response to the recommendations.

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