Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Hamwee Baroness Hamwee Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration in the report of the inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom published in March 2015 that the wording of the Government’s policy on the detention of individuals with mental illnesses should be changed to that which was in place before August 2010.

Photo of Baroness Hamwee Baroness Hamwee Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which medical professionals are using the definition of torture as defined in R (EO & Ors) v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1236 (Admin) when completing Rule 35 reports in respect of persons in immigration detention.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

Stephen Shaw CBE, the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales, has recently submitted his review into the welfare of vulnerable immigration detainees, including those with mental health difficulties and those who claim to have been victims of torture. He has recently submitted his report to Ministers at the Home Office and Department of Health. His findings are being carefully considered. The report will be published in due course by laying it before Parliament, alongside the Government’s response to the recommendations.

Doctors working in immigration removal centres have been reminded of the need to use the definition of torture set out in the case of R (EO & Ors) v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1236 (Admin) when completing reports under Rule 35(3) of the Detention Centre Rules 2001.

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