HC Deb 17 March 1987 vol 112 cc448-9W
Mr. Alex Carlile

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the arrangements for the detention of persons wishing to enter the United Kingdom; and what proposals he has for housing them on redundant ships.

Mr. Waddington

Persons awaiting further interview by an immigration officer or refused entry may be detained in control areas at ports and airports, in other approved detention accommodation (including that at Harmondsworth), or in prisons, remand centres, police stations, or (in the case of persons under 17) in a place of safety. The Home Office has been considering possible ways to supplement these arrangements, including use of a modern passenger ship moored in a dock area. The vessel under consideration would provide decent living accommodation with facilities for relaxation, recreation and visits. No decision has yet been taken.