Urgent question about Yarl’s Wood due to be asked in Parliament following shocking undercover filming report

Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Yarl's Wood detention centre.

An urgent question about Yarl’s Wood is due to be heard in Parliament this afternoon.

It comes after a Channel 4 News investigation revealed shocking treatment of asylum-seekers at the much-criticised centre.

Undercover filming showed a member of the management team describing those kept at Yarl’s Wood as ‘caged animals’.

Another advises his colleague to ‘take a stick in with you and beat them up’.

Many of the women kept at Yarl’s Wood are vulnerable and have already been victims of abuse in their home countries.

The investigation also revealed alarming incidents of self-harming with women cutting themselves and jumping into stair wells.

It also covered a woman who suffered a miscarriage while at the centre.

MP for Leicester East Keith Vaz has been granted permission by the Speaker to put a question to a Home Office Minister in the House of Commons this afternoon at around 1pm.

Urgent questions are reserved for matters of public importance, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister.

If the Speaker agrees, the question is asked after the day’s Question Time.

Today, a damning cross-party report into detention centres was published, which recommends an overhaul of such centres and a 28-day limit on the time that people can be held.

Following the Channel 4 News report, which aired on Monday evening, a worker at Yarl’s Wood has been suspended and an independent review has been launched by Serco, which runs the centre.