Sarah Teather to chair inquiry into immigration detention

Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather will chair a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention.

The cross-party panel of parliamentarians will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres.

It will also examine the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system.

The inquiry, which will be jointly run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, will hold several oral evidence sessions in parliament.

The panel invites written evidence from interested groups and individuals, including those who have experience of being detained for immigration purposes.

Apart from Ms Teather, the following MPs will be members of the panel: Paul Blomfield; David Burrowes; Caroline Spelman; Jon Cruddas; Julian Huppert; Richard Fuller; Baroness Lister; Baroness Hamwee; Lord Ramsbotham and Lord Lloyd of Berwick.

Ms Teather said: “In the light of several high profile incidents within detention centres, including sexual abuse and deaths, there is a clear need for parliamentary scrutiny of how and why we detain people for immigration purposes.”

Chair of the APPG on Migration, Paul Blomfield MP, added: “This is an important issue and this inquiry is very timely. I hope that we will receive evidence from a wide range of individuals and groups, including those who have been detained themselves.”

Click here for information on how to submit evidence to the inquiry.

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