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Minister for immigration questioned on immigration detention

5 December 2018

The Joint Committee on Human Rights continues its inquiry into immigration detention.

Committee's work on immigration detention inquiry

In recent weeks, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has heard evidence that immigration detention decisions made by the Home Office often lack proper scrutiny and justification.

The Committee has questioned lawyers, advocacy groups and people with first hand experiences, who have described frightening and difficult experiences of being in the detention system, which is the only one in Europe not subject to any time limits.

Purpose of the session

In its last public session on immigration detention the Committee will ask the Minister and Tyson Hepple, Director General of Immigration Enforcement, whether the government agrees that detention decisions should be made and reviewed independently, what the government considers to be a reasonable timescale for immigration detention and whether legal aid should be available for wider immigration matters in addition to detention matters to ensure that detainees have sufficient access to the courts.


Wednesday 5 December in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.15pm:

  • Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration
  • Tyson Hepple, Director General of Immigration Enforcement

Further information

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