Questions in parliament: Oakington Detention Centre

It’s good to see an interest being shown in parliament in the detention centre at Oakington even if it is from the MP for a nighbouring constituency.


Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps have been taken to review policy and procedures at the Oakington Immigration Centre; and if she will make a statement. [67]

Damian Green [holding answer 2 June 2010]: All immigration removal centres are governed by the Detention Centre Rules 2001, which are underpinned by a set of operating standards.

Centres are subject to a programme of inspection visits by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, and the UK Border Agency considers carefully any comments about the operation of the Centre. The last inspection report for Oakington was published in December 2008 and has a service improvement plan to address areas where UKBA accepted the recommendations. A copy of the plan is available in the House Library.


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