Child & Family Detention

The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, faces fresh embarrassment today over a new Home Office postponement of the pledge to end the detention of children in immigration removal centres.
The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, faces fresh embarrassment today over a new Home Office postponement of the pledge to end the detention of children in immigration removal centres.

The coalition promise to end the incarceration of children in immigration removal centres was made immediately after the general election, and in July, Clegg told the House of Commons that the practice was a "moral outrage".

Home Office officials confirm in the department's business plan that the practice of detaining children will not now end before next March at the earliest.

Previously (09.09.10): After Nick Clegg pledged to end the detention of children in immigration centres the immigration minister, Damian Green, has announced that the government will only ‘minimise’ the number.

It is a clear indication that the government are abandoning its initial promise to end the controversial practice after previously condemning Labour for committing a ‘moral outrage’ by detaining 1,000 children.

Previously (12.05.10): More details are emerging from Conservative sources about the new government's programme.

News has emerged that the government will end the detention of children for immigration purposes. The detention of children was one of the most contested and draconian aspects of immigration law, this is very welcome news for all.

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