Detention Centres

Home Office written question – answered at on 13 May 2024.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the capacity of the immigration detention estate was on (a) 8 May 2024, (b) 8 January 2024 and (c) 8 July 2023.

Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)

Immigration detention capacity figures are not static and are subject to operational demands.

Management information shows that detention capacity on 8 July 2023 was c2158 immigration removal centre (IRC) beds, rising to c2219 IRC beds on 8 January 2024. As of 24 April 2024, there is a capacity to detain c2200 people in IRCs, including those liable for removal to Rwanda, with more coming online in the coming months.

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