Detention Centres and Police Custody: Death:Written question - 134608

(Liverpool, Wavertree)

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Asked on: 27 March 2018
Home Office
Detention Centres and Police Custody: Death
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people died in (a) police custody and (b) immigration removal centres in each year since 2010; and if she will make a statement.
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 18 April 2018

Every death in police custody is a tragedy and this is a priority area for the Government. The Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody is currently undertaking a programme of work to find solutions to complex issues as highlighted in Dame Elish Angiolini’s Independent Review on Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody. The Ministerial co-chairs will report on progress in Autumn 2018.

Official statistics of deaths in police custody are published annually by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Available here:

The number of deaths in immigration removal centres while held under immigration powers (IRCs) is a subset of published detention data (table dt_6) in the Home Office quarterly Immigration Statistics release. They are not released as part of immigration statistics. The latest data, published in ‘Immigration Statistics, October to December 2017’, is available at:

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