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Home Office written question – answered on 31st July 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Hamwee Baroness Hamwee Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Immigration)

Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 July (HL Deb, col 789) regarding rates of pay for work undertaken by immigration removal centre detainees, how much was paid to detainees in aggregate, and for how many hours' work, in the last year for which figures are available; whether the savings in the running costs of immigration removal centres represented by detainees undertaking work which would otherwise have been paid at commercial rates accrue to (1) HM Treasury, (2) to the immigration removal centre providers, or (3) other bodies or agencies.

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

Rule 17 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001 permits detainees to engage in paid activities while in detention and is provided as a means to occupy detainees and alleviate boredom.

It is not permitted contractually for private service providers to use the detainee paid work scheme to replace staffing obligations and there are no savings or efficiencies realised by the private service providers or the Home Office from the option for detainees to work in this voluntary scheme.

Management information shows that for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 detainees in immigration removal centres undertook a total of 887,073 hours of paid work, with payments made to detainees totalling £887,565. This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

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