HL Deb 03 May 2000 vol 612 c181WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the number of places for Immigration Act detainees that will become available at Lindholme detention centre; on what date they expect Lindholme to open; and whether the number of places made available by the Prison Service to the Immigration and Nationality Department will then be reduced accordingly. [HL2121]

Lord Bach

There will be 112 places for Immigration Act detainees at HM Prison Lindholme. It is expected that the accommodation will become available during June this year. Once the places are fully available at Lindholme, the ad hoc use of prison spaces for immigration detainees in England and Wales will end but for exceptional circumstances. It is anticipated that the provision of the accommodation at Lindholme will result in a net increase of around 50 places for immigration detainees.