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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


18.The Act includes provisions for reform of the arrangements for detaining persons under immigration legislation. It introduces a system of bail hearings and a statutory presumption in favour of bail for persons detained for immigration purposes and provides for certain bail hearings to be heard by magistrates. The Act also puts on a statutory footing the arrangements for the management and operation of immigration detention centres, including provisions setting out the powers of detainee custody officers.

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