Home Affairs Select Committee hears evidence on detention

The Home Affairs Select Committee is tasked with scrutinizing the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office – a remit that includes looking at the operation of the UK’s detention estate.

Yesterday the committee heard evidence on immigration detention from NGO experts who work in the sector: Kris Harris, Policy and Research Worker at Medical Justice, Gemma Lousley, Policy and Research Coordinator at Women for Refugee Women, and Tom Nunn, Legal Manager at Bail for Immigration Detainees.

The committee also heard evidence from the organisations who are responsible for the operation of Yarl’s Wood and Morton Hall detention centres: Rupert Soames and Julia Rogers from Serco, Morton Hall Centre Manager Karen Head and the HMPPS Prisons Group Director for Kent, Essex, IRCs and FNPs Phil Wrag.

The evidence heard examined the conditions, neglect, abuse and safeguarding procedures at detention centres, particularly Yarl’s Wood and Morton Hall, as well as the impact of the lack of a time limit.

You can watch the full session and read some of the online reaction below.

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