Home Office only uses detention as a last resort, says Lord Bates

Detention is only used “as a last resort and for the shortest period necessary,” Lord Bates has said.

In a written response to Lord Roberts of Llandudno, Lord Bates said: “The Immigration Act 2014 has introduced changes to streamline the immigration system, most notably the single removal decision, which are intended to reduce the length of time individuals spend in detention.”

Lord Roberts of Llandudno had asked the government to state the measures taken to reduce the time some people are held in immigration detention.

“Separately, operational changes in the Home Office case working areas responsible for managing detained cases have introduced improved assurance measures and oversight of detention decisions and reviews, which will ensure that cases are progressed as speedily as possible and thus likely to lead to a reduction in length of detention periods,” Lord Bates added.

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