Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in introducing detention reviews for those held in immigration removal centres.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Any individual detained within immigration detention is already subject to regular review, both on a scheduled basis and whenever there is any change in circumstances that might be material to the decision on whether or not to continue detention. Reviews are carried out at successively more senior levels the longer the detention continues.

Following publication of the Government’s response to Stephen Shaw’s Report into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons on 14 January 2016, work has been ongoing to design a more effective case management process to replace the existing procedure for reviewing detention. This includes a more proactive approach to the review of detention, through Case Progression Plans which show the monitoring and review of ongoing detention and with a focus on return or, if appropriate, release. Case Progression Plans are currently being piloted across the Home Office and are subject to evaluation.

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