Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 30th July 2018.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for Immigration on 16 July (HC Deb, col 11), whether all of the 44 children held in immigration detention, in the last period for which numbers are available, were held with their families immediately prior to return; whether all were held at Tinsley House; and whether any were detained for longer than 72 hours.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

There were 44 children held in immigration detention between January and December 2017. 11 children were removed from the UK, with five being returned from Gatwick Pre-Departure Accommodation and six from the Family Unit within Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre. All 11 children who were returned were held with their families prior to return for less than 72 hours.

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