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Migrants: Detainees

Question for Home Office

UIN 227497, tabled on 12 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the use of detention for immigration purposes.

Answered on

18 March 2015

Detention plays a key role in maintaining an effective immigration control and protecting our borders. We keep periods of detention to a minimum, consistent
with the need to detain in order to remove from the UK those with no right to be here and who do not leave voluntarily.

There are no plans to review the use of detention overall but on 9 February the Home Secretary announced that Stephen Shaw, the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, is to lead an independent review of the policies and procedures relating to the welfare of immigration detainees.

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