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DETENTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 253A1: tabled on 16 July 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. It is an amendment to an existing motion.The tabling Member has subsequently withdrawn this motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This motion has subsequently been withdrawn by the tabling Member.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Ms Roseanna Cunningham on 15 July 1997. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

at end add 'and that to further this end, a detention centre be constructed at Glasgow Airport in order to avoid the necessity of placing persons awaiting either the outcome of such an appeal or facing deportation in custody at HM Prison Greenock.'.

Original motion text

That this House welcomes the Government's decision to review the procedures under which asylum seekers are detained; notes the view of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that 'as a general rule, asylum seekers should not be detained' and that, in so far as such detention occurs, 'it should be proportional to the ends to be achieved and for a minimal period'; is gravely concerned that decisions to detain asylum seekers are not subject to automatic and independent review, with a presumption in favour of liberty as provided for in criminal cases under the Bail Act 1976; believes that asylum seekers who are detained should be informed in writing of the reasons for their detention; further believes that, in so far as detention occurs, asylum seekers should not be held in prisons unless charged with criminal offences; and calls on the Government to ensure that future practice meets these concerns and conforms with the fundamental principles of refugee protection and relevant international standards.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.