Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Visits

Home Office written question – answered on 24th 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 hon. Members have had a request to visit Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre refused in the last 12 months; and on what grounds each such refusal was justified.

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

One Hon. Member has had a request to visit Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre declined in the last twelve months.

As set out in the Detention Centre Rules 2001, visitors to immigration removal centres may only enter with the prior authorisation of the Secretary of State other than those for purposes specified under the Rules.

Requests to visit centres must be carefully considered and planned to preserve the privacy and dignity of the individuals who are detained.

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