Immigrants: Detainees:Written question - 136754

Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)

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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 April 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to end (a) indefinite detention and (b) the employment of detainees to work for £1 per hour at immigration detention centres.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 24 April 2018

It is not possible to detain people indefinitely under Immigration Act powers. To be lawful, detention must last no longer than is reasonably necessary for the purpose for which it was authorised, must not be unduly prolonged and, in relation to removal, there must be a realistic prospect of the individual’s removal within a reasonable period of time.

As recommended by Stephen Shaw in his independent review of detainee welfare published in January 2016, the pay rates for detainees have been reconsidered, and have been maintained at current levels.

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