Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Home Office

Oral Answers to Questions
Sir Edward Davey Excerpts
Monday 20th November 2017

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Hurd Hansard

In response to that artificial rant, let me state the facts again: over the past 10 years, the total number of fires attended by fire and rescue services has more than halved. I am not offering warm words: the taxpayer is investing £2.3 billion of public money in the fire service. If there is evidence that that is not enough, we will always listen to it, but the first question we will ask is, “What are you doing with your reserves?”

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD) - Hansard

7. Whether her Department has commissioned research into alternatives to the use of immigration detention centres. [901911]

Dan Carden Portrait Dan Carden (Liverpool, Walton) (Lab) - Hansard

17. Whether her Department plans to review the effectiveness of its policy on indefinite detention. [901921]

Brandon Lewis Portrait The Minister for Immigration (Brandon Lewis) - Hansard

The alternative to detention is to encourage compliance, thereby leading to fewer illegal migrants in the first place and an increased use of voluntary returns. We will continue to work with partners to ensure we are always exploring the best practice and opportunities in this space.

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey - Hansard
20 Nov 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Given that more than half of migrants leaving detention centres are released into the community and not removed, that monitoring illegal immigrants in the community costs more than 80% less than detention, and the sheer inhumanity of Britain’s immigration detention regime, many believe that it is now time to look at alternatives that actually work better in other European countries. Will the Minister agree to a pre-Christmas meeting with me and Detention Action, which has recently published detailed research on alternatives to detention?

Brandon Lewis Portrait Brandon Lewis - Hansard

I respectfully say to the right hon. Gentleman that I do not recognise what he outlined at all. In addition to the fact that we do not have indefinite detention in this country, our policy is that there is always a presumption of liberty and that individuals are detained for no longer than is necessary. In fact, to be clear, some 93% left detention within four months, but we are always looking at best practice.

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Amber Rudd Hansard

Every case matters. I understand that every case is an individual looking for help. If the hon. Lady wants to meet me afterwards and give me the details of the individual’s case, I will certainly look at it.

Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Nov 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Surely a Kingston and Surbiton knight of the realm must be capable of brevity. I call Sir Edward Davey.

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey - Hansard
20 Nov 2017, 3:39 p.m.

I will try, Mr Speaker.

Has the Home Secretary read last month’s statistical bulletin on crime figures in England and Wales, which looks at the problem of the difference between recorded crime and the outcomes of the crime survey? If not, will she read it and send me her comments?

Amber Rudd Hansard

I think I have been given an essay question here. I have read the bulletin and am aware of the issues it raises—the fact that recorded crime is on the rise; that this does not necessarily mean that actual crime is; and that there are disparities within the figures depending on the types of crime. I think that that partly answers the right hon. Gentleman’s question, but perhaps we could discuss it at a later date.