Keith Vaz visits Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre to check on conditions

London: Home Office: General view of the Home Office building TILT DOWN to sign 'Home Office' Sign 'Home Office' on wall Middlesex: Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre: Keith Vaz MP (Chair, Home Affairs Select Committee) leaving building and interview SOT - It is a detention centre so people are kept in there, we were walked through, I spoke to a large number of people who are in there and a lot of them have been here for a long time, so the first responsibility is to understand why we've got places like this, which is to detain and remove quickly Reporter asking question SOT Vaz interview SOT - Even though this is run by Mitie and Yarl's Wood is run by Serco, it is a Home Office responsibility and I think they should do two things / first of all call together all the centre managers and talk to them about the issue of the culture of how to look after people like this, it's quite different from a prison and it's different from other areas and though they have operational meetings, they don't have a meeting to talk about these issues / the second point is, this company, which has been very open and transparent to me, Mitie, they've written a letter setting out exactly what their concerns are, they did take on the contract for 30 percent less that their predecessor Serco, so if you constantly squeeze those who are going to manage people in this position, then that's going to of course create huge challenges for them / you need a facility that deals with those who have got a dangerous criminal past, who if they're allowed into the community, may committ offences again and who have no right to be in this country / there are other cases which don't merit coming in here and that means we need a change in the legislation and we need the Home Secretary to be able to make a decision on this / it costs 21,000 pounds to keep someone in this kind of establishment and the tax payer needs to work out where is the best place for them given that / I can't make...


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