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Photo of Lord Rosser Lord Rosser Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 July (HL Deb, col 789) stating that immigration removal centre providers must make a minimum number of opportunities available for detainees to participate voluntarily in paid activity, whether contracts with immigration removal centre providers assume that detainees will volunteer for a certain number of hours of paid work; and if so, (1) what is the total number of hours of such paid work assumed for each immigration removal centre, and (2) how many hours of paid work were undertaken by detainees in each immigration removal centre, for each of the last five years.

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

Immigration removal centre (IRC) private service providers are contracted to offer a minimum number of voluntary paid work opportunities for detainees, in accordance with the Detention Centre Rules 2001. There is no contractual assumption that detainees will volunteer for a certain number of hours of paid work.

Management information on the number of hours of paid work undertaken by detainees in each IRC is only available from November 2014 as set out in the table below. This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

Immigration Removal Centre

2014 (November to December)

2015

2016

2017 (January to April)

Total hours

Brook House

14,617

86,352

93,467

33,012

227,448

Campsfield House

10,098

63,957

68,302

29,418

171,775

Colnbrook

10,002

73,073

81,876

26,413

191,364

Dungavel

11,166

56,024

47,424

14,128

128,742

Harmondsworth

27,112

135,186

124,439

43,038

329,775

Morton Hall

28,560

160,080

161,192

58,920

408,752

Tinsley House

4,265

26,827

20,347*

Centre closed

51,439

The Verne

39,650

283,771

244,506

78,025

645,952

Yarl’s Wood

5,413

35,327

39,524

14,236

94,500

Total

150,883

920,597

881,077

297,190

2,249,747

*Tinsley House closed for refurbishment after September 2016. The total hours worked for Tinsley House for 2016 are therefore only available for January to September 2016.

**Data provided is for a full calendar year unless otherwise stated.

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