Detention timescales

Thank you for contacting me about a detention time limit for migrants.

Let me assure you that Home Office published policy is centred on a presumption in favour of liberty and depriving someone of their liberty is subject to careful consideration and scrutiny, with appropriate account taken of individual circumstances. The Home Office is continually reviewing internal processes to ensure that the time any individual spends in immigration detention is kept to a minimum. Each person's case is considered on the specific individual circumstances surrounding their immigration and/or offending history.

I welcome the fact that officials at the Home Office are reviewing how time limits work in other countries. Once this review has been completed, the Home Secretary will consider the issue of time limits on immigration detention further.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.