Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 24th July 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have had indefinite detentions in the UK in each of the last five years; and what the age groups are of those people.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

It is not possible to detain people indefinitely in the UK under immigration powers. To be lawful, detention must last no longer than is reasonably necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was authorised, must not be unduly prolonged and, in relation to removal, there must be a realistic prospect of removal within a reasonable period of time.

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