Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2015.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in preventing the bullying, harassment and abuse of LGBTI people in immigration detention centres, in the light of the recent inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, and of concerns expressed by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.

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

We take the welfare of our detainees very seriously and no form of ill-treatment or discrimination is tolerated.

On 9 February 2015 the Home Secretary announced an independent review of welfare in detention, led by Stephen Shaw CBE, which will focus on vulnerable detainees.

We will come back to this House before Committee stage of the Immigration Bill to respond to this report.

Guidance for staff in the immigration detention estate is being updated to include a new detention services order on the care and management of LGB detainees in immigration removal centres and the existing detention services order on transsexual detainees will be updated to include guidance on intersex detainees.

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