Charles Walker questions Minister about detention of people with mental health issues

Charles Walker takes the opportunity of a question on the policing of ethnic minorities, to ask the Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims about the welfare of African-Caribbean people and people who suffer from mental health issues whilst they are being held in a place of detention.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): Following on from that question, on the policing of ethnic minorities, the Minister will know that I am greatly concerned about the welfare of African-Caribbean people held in detention environments, and of those with mental health issues. Is there anything that the Minister can say today to reassure me that Front Benchers are aware of this concern, and are doing something about it?

Damian Green: I am indeed aware of my hon. Friend’s concern, not least because I have debated the matter with him in this House. I am able to reassure him further: my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has written to Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary on the subject, because we take it extremely seriously.

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