After the tragic death of a detainee at the Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, I asked the Immigration Minister what can be done to speed up immigration decisions so that people are not held in detention centres for too long.
Charlie Elphicke: In reviewing this tragic case, will the Minister consider carefully the strong and passionate case that has been made over a long period by my hon. Friend Richard Fuller? Does the Minister also agree that too many people are in these institutions for too long, including the Dover removal centre, and we should hurry up the processing as much as we can?
James Brokenshire (Immigration Minister): I agree that we should always seek to minimise the time that someone spends in detention, but appeals can often delay matters. The Immigration Bill will reduce appeals from 17 to four. We want to ensure that we have a firm but fair system, and that is what we will deliver.
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