Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre: Females

Home Office written question – answered at on 22 November 2021.

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Photo of Kate Osborne Kate Osborne Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's planned timescale is for Derwentside immigration removal centre (IRC) to start holding women who are detained under immigration powers; and what the (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacity of that IRC will be.

Photo of Kate Osborne Kate Osborne Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacities are of (i) Colnbrook, (ii) Harmondsworth and (iii) Brook House immigration removal centres.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The new Derwentside immigration removal centre (IRC) will provide modern, decent and secure accommodation for around 80 women and we expect that the IRC will start holding women who are detained under immigration powers by the end of the year.

Unlike prisons, IRCs do not operate ‘certified normal accommodation’. In order to meet operational needs and demands, we operate the immigration removal estate in a flexible manner.

The table below sets out the operational capacity for each requested immigration removal centre (if all rooms and beds are in use) on 1st November 2021.

IRC

Total Operating Capacity 2021

Brook House

448

Colnbrook

330

Harmondsworth

635

Total

1413

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