Date lodged: 21 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government following the announcement of a facility for immigration removal to be located at Glasgow International Airport, and what information it has on when this will become operational.
Answered by: Angela Constance 6 October 2016
The Scottish Government has not had any discussions yet with the UK Government and was not given any advance warning of the announcement of plans to build a short term holding facility near Glasgow Airport. I wrote to the Home Secretary on 9 September 2016 to seek urgent clarification of the implications of this announcement and am due to meet the Immigration Minister on 11 October to discuss this matter further.
The Home Office has announced that it expects the new facility to open in Autumn 2017, subject to planning consent.