Immigration: Enforcement

Home Office written question – answered on 14th October 2020.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration enforcement staff were based at the Beckett House reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maximum detainee capacity was within the temporary holding facility at the Beckett House reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interview rooms for people subject to immigration enforcement were located at the Beckett House reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration enforcement staff she plans to base in the proposed reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maximum detainee capacity is for the planned temporary holding facility within the proposed reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many interview rooms for people subject to immigration enforcement she plans to base within the proposed reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish facilities at the proposed reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham which were not in operation at the Beckett House reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Immigration Enforcement are in the process of relocating the current enforcement office which includes the reporting centre based at Becket House as the current lease elapsed in August 2019 and the landlord has stated that they are looking to redevelop this site.

The operational functionality at the time was used as a template to set out the criteria to identify a suitable location factoring in staffing numbers and requirements, secure parking, location of reporting population, transport hubs and links and public access etc. In December 2018, Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham was identified as a suitable location that fulfilled the criteria to mirror the operational capability that was available at Becket House as there was no plan to establish any facilities beyond that of Becket House and the reporting centre prior to the covid-19 outbreak. The reporting centre is a component part of Becket House working in synergy with other teams to achieve the goals and priorities of Immigration Enforcement.

Prior to the covid-19 outbreak there were 39.56 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) immigration enforcement staff based at the Becket House reporting centre. It is proposed that there will be 39.56 FTE within the reporting centre to be based at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham.

The temporary holding facility at the Becket House reporting centre has the maximum detainee capacity of 23. It is proposed that the maximum detainee capacity for the planned temporary holding facility within the reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham is 39. Maximum detainee capacity is subject to contracted Detention Custody Officer resource availability.

Prior to the covid-19 outbreak, there was a total of 11 interview rooms available of which 3 interview rooms are designated for people subject to immigration enforcement at the Becket House reporting centre. It is proposed that there will be 14 interview rooms of which the reporting centre staff will have access to as requirements dictate for people subject to immigration enforcement within the proposed reporting centre at Warehouse K, Royal Victoria Docks, Newham.

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