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Announcement: Undertaking from the Home Secretary

On 23 November 2020 the Inquiry Chair, Kate Eves, wrote to the Home Secretary to ask for a limited undertaking to the effect that any evidence given by a former detainee to the Inquiry will not be used by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to support certain adverse immigration decisions.

There was further correspondence between the Chair and the Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice, Chris Philp MP, regarding the specific terms of the undertaking.

On 19 July 2021, the Chair received a letter from the Minister which set out his understanding of the application of the undertaking and confirmed his willingness to adopt the Chair’s proposed wording.

On 4 August 2021, the Chair wrote to the Minister to formally confirm her acceptance of the undertaking which has effect from this date.

The Chair hopes this undertaking will give those that were detained at Brook House the comfort and encouragement they need to be able to come forward and give their evidence to the Inquiry without the fear of repercussions.

Copies of the relevant correspondence can be found on the Document Library page.