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Provide decent facilities for children in short-term detention – Bryant

The Government should ensure that Heathrow Airport is able to provide decent facilities for children held in short-term detention, Chris Bryant MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, has said.

Reacting to a report which revealed that the UK Border Agency detains children in "degrading and disgraceful" conditions at Heathrow Airport, Mr. Bryant said: "The Independent Monitoring Board's report provides worrying reading, but the complacent response of UKBA has been even more concerning. I have seen some of the facilities at Heathrow myself and there is a real need to ensure Heathrow as a whole is able to provide decent facilities for children held in short-term detention.”

He asked the Home Secretary to “make sure that the report’s recommendations are taken on board and improvements are made to ensure that detainees of any age, but especially children are treated humanely while in short term detention."
 

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