§ Mr. Hanley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a further statement on his proposals to transfer detainees from Latchmere house to Haslar in Gosport; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We intend to relocate Immigration Act detainees from Latchmere house remand centre to the prison service establishment at Haslar, Gosport as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made, probably in early July.
We are taking great care to ensure that facilities a t Haslar adequately meet the needs of the detainees. Haslar will offer a better regime in more suitable premises and will cater for the inmates' religious and welfare meeds.
The accommodation at Latchmere house will be used to hold remand prisoners from the London area. This measure will make a substantial contribution to our aim of clearing remand prisoners from police cells.