Commenting on the news that Dungavel detention centre is to remain open after plans to build a replacement unit near Glasgow Airport were rejected, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“Dungavel has long been an inappropriate environment in which to keep people who were due to be deported, especially for minors.
“It is incredibly disheartening to hear that the proposed replacement centre has now been rejected and questions must be asked as to why the proposed move has been taken off the table. The creation of a modern and purpose built facility is incredibly important and therefore other proposals must be put forward.
“The Home Office must be working with local communities across Scotland to establish the most humane way appropriate way to deal with people who are due to be deported.”