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the parent and child.1323  However, this is not a general power to detain for inquiries.  The judgment in Re B (Child Abduction: Wardship: Power to detain)1324 made clear that the courts have no power to detain a parent so as to provide an incentive for someone under his control to reveal the whereabouts of children and compelling him, and his associates, to produce them.

1323 This provides that if a chief immigration officer is satisfied that inquiry for the purposes of the ordinance, other than the provisions relating to deportation, is necessary, and that such person may abscond if not detained, then he may be detained for not more than 48 hours.

1324 [1994] 2 FLR 479.

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