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)
- 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.