Asylum: LGBT People:Written question - HL6078

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 14 March 2017
Home Office
Asylum: LGBT People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not disclose to Parliament the number of LGBT asylum seekers held in detention over the last eighteen months, despite several oral and written questions, but did disclose the figures through an FOI request by Attitude magazine.
Answered on: 28 March 2017

On 27 February 2017, the Home Office responded to an FOI request asking for information relating to detainees who identify as LGBT in the immigration detention estate. The FOI asked for information relating to detainees who identify as LGBT in the immigration detention estate. This question concerns asylum seekers in detention who have been recorded as being based LGBT.

The FOI response, provided below, set out the number of individuals in detention who have disclosed their sexual orientation as LGBT as a snapshot (on 18 November 2016) and as a total number for the period from 1 January to 18 November 2016, see table below.

Service providers are required to provide opportunities for detainees who wish to do so, to safely disclose their sexual orientation and to ensure that those individuals can easily access support and assistance.

The data you have requested in relation to LGBT asylum seekers held in detention over the last 12 months and the length of detention in each case is not readily available. It is not incumbent upon a detained individual to declare their sexuality. The required information would only be recorded in the case notes sections within the Home Office database or held solely on the paper files. The time required to examine individual cases and extrapolate the required data, would exceed the £800 cost limit.

FOI response to Attitude magazine

Number of people currently detained who identify as LGBT (as of 18th November 2016)

Number of people currently detained who identify as LGBT from January 1st 2016 – November 2016

Brook House

Less than 5

15

Campsfield

Information not held

Information not held

Colnbrook

5

Information not held

Dungavel

0

Less than 5

Harmondsworth

10

Information not held

Larne House

0

0

Morton Hall

Less than 5

Less than 5

The Verne

Less than 5

43

Tinsley House

Less than 5

Information not held

Pennine House

0

0

Where the number of people identified is low, a parameter is added to ensure individuals are not identifiable, in line with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

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