Home Affairs Committee

Immigration detention inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Inquiry announced on Friday 16 March 2018. Oral evidence ongoing.

Scope of the inquiry

In September 2017, the Committee held an evidence session inquiring into the running of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

The BBC Panorama investigation highlighted serious issues at Brook House, including:

  • Endemic drug-taking (both Spice and cannabis)
  • Under-staffing
  • Allegations of assault, racial abuse and mocking of detainees by staff employed by private operators
  • Cases of self-harm and attempted suicide amongst detainees
  • Failure to report incidents of C&R (control and restraint) or refusal to eat

As these issues appear to affect the immigration detention estate more widely, the Committee have decided to broaden the inquiry to assess the extent to which they are systemic and the steps that could be taken to address them.

Latest evidence

  • 08 May 2018 - Immigration detention - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF517 KB) HC 913 | Published 09 May 2018

    Evidence given by Peter Clarke CVO OBE QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Hindpal Singh Bhui, Inspection Team Leader (Immigration), HMI PrisonsRt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister for Immigration, Home Office, Hugh Ind, Director General of Immigration Enforcement, Home Office, Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Home Office

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