Immigrants: Detainees:Written question - HL5817

Asked by Lord Beecham
Asked on: 23 February 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
To ask Her Majesty's Government what enquiries they have made into reports that immigration detainees whose coach caught fire as it took them to a deportation flight were handcuffed by escort staff before they were permitted to disembark.
Answered on: 05 March 2018

An investigation is underway into the causes of the incident involving a Home Office vehicle transporting immigration detainees on 14th February. All the detainees on board were safely evacuated from the vehicle before being placed in handcuffs.

The safety and welfare of all those in our care is of the utmost importance and we will accept nothing but the highest standards from companies employed to provide detention and escorting services on our behalf.

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