Minister: Immigration detainees 'benefit from £1-an-hour work'
Detainees benefit from being able to work for £1-an-hour at immigration centres, a minister has insisted.
Lib Dem Baroness Hamwee had asked if the £1 pay rate "for people who have committed no crime" was "something that as a society we can be proud of".
Baroness Williams of Trafford told the Lords the work by inmates was voluntary and was a way to "relieve boredom".
She said it helped meet "recreational and intellectual" needs - and was not a scheme designed to save money.
04 Jul 2017
- From the section UK Politics