Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Pregnant Women

Home Office written question – answered on 4th November 2015.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pregnant women are detained at Yarl's Wood.

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

Although we are now recording management information on the number of women who have disclosed their pregnancy to the Home Office, collection of data about the detention of pregnant women will be limited.

We will not necessarily be aware that a woman is pregnant unless she chooses to make this known to us and a woman may not know herself that she is pregnant when she enters detention. It may not always be appropriate for healthcare professionals to disclose information that the patient has asked not to be disclosed.

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