Immigrants: Detainees

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

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the average length of time it takes for local authorities to find accommodation in the community for a person who has been detained in an immigration removal centre and subsequently been found to be under 18 following a Merton compliant age assessment.

Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the average length of time its takes for local authorities to conduct a Merton compliant age assessment for an individual held in an immigration removal centre and classified as an age dispute case.

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

It is not possible to provide information in such cases, without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Guidance has recently been issued by the Home Office and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services to remind all the agencies involved in age dispute cases of the importance of working together to resolve them as quickly as possible. The guidance is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/age-assessment-joint-working-instruction

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