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Foreign Offenders

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many deportation reviews of foreign prisoners his Department conducted in each of the last 10 years; (70101)

(2) how many foreign criminals have been deported in each of the last 10 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances a person may be deported from the UK; what legislation governs the deportation of an individual; what plans he has to review this legislation; and if he will make a statement. (70362)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, columns 78-81WS, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, (1) how many of the 1019 foreign offenders identified were eligible for removal from the UK; (76199)

(2) how many of the (a) most serious offenders, (b) more serious offenders and (c) other offenders out of the 1,019 identified foreign criminals have (i) applied for bail and (ii) been granted bail since 23 May.

(3) how many individuals have been (a) deported and (b) excluded from the UK on the basis of the guidelines set out by his predecessor in August 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many prisoners released from British prisons since March 2005 the Department does not have a record of nationality. (67677)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many of the cases of prisoners who should have been considered for deportation prior to their release the prisoner's last known address prior to conviction was in (a) the Northampton South constituency and (b) elsewhere in Northamptonshire; how many are known to have returned to that address in each case; and what steps are being taken (i) to identify them and (ii) to ensure that consideration for deportation takes place. (68127)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals are being held in each prison in Wales, broken down by (a) offence for which the sentence is being served, (b) length of sentence, (c) nationality and (d) deportation status on completing sentence; (67339)

(2) how many foreign nationals have been released from each prison in Wales over the past two years, broken down by (a) offence committed, (b) nationality, (c) whether deported on conclusion of sentence, (d) whether originally in the country illegally and (e) whether recommended for deportation by the court but released into the community;

(3) what steps he has taken to determine how many foreign national prisoners have been released in Wales without having their deportation status checked; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answers 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign convicted prisoners in respect of whom the trial judge recommended that deportation be considered on release have been released from (a) Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution, (b) Grendon Prison, (c) Woodhill Prison and (d) Springhill Prison in each of the last five years; how many such prisoners were deported; and if he will make a statement. (67674)

[holding answer 3 May 2006]: In his written ministerial statement to the House on 15 May 2006, Official Report, column 41WS, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary explained that he was aware of a number of requests from hon. Members asking for a detailed breakdown of cases by the prison or constituency from which foreign national prisoners have been released. In his subsequent statement to the House on 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 78WS, my right hon. Friend confirmed that further updates would pend the outcome of a thorough rechecking of all the information we hold in this area. We shall update the House with those results as soon as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) who were the subject of his statement and (i) have been considered for deportation and (ii) have yet to be considered for deportation and (b) who remain incarcerated are from countries to which deportations are not usually undertaken on human rights grounds. (67682)

[holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons who received a recommendation for deportation by an immigration judge (a) were removed in 2005 and (b) have been removed in 2006. (67699)

[holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have been released from HM Prison Littlehey in each of the last five calendar years; how many were deported upon their release; and what crime each had committed. (68088)

[holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners from (a) HMP Lancaster and (b) Lancaster Farm Young Offender Institution have been released without consideration for deportation in each year from 1999 to 2005. (68093)

[holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received from immigration Ministers on the pace of deportation of foreign prisoners since 1999. (73678)

(2) who in his Department is responsible for checking whether a foreign prisoner has been recommended for deportation by a court.

(3) what representations his office has received from employees of Immigration and Nationality Directorate on deportations of foreign prisoners since 1997.

(4) what instructions he gave to the Minister of Immigration on dealing with foreign prisoners recommended for deportation since December 2003.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the released prisoners who should have been considered for deportation are from the Dorset area. (69308)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality department (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation are thought to be in Wales. (68645)

[holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality department (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to third countries, rather than that of their nationality in each of the last three years. (68657)

[holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of his time he has spent on dealing with deportation of convicted foreign offenders since September 2005; (68663)

(2) how many hours he has spent on issues related to the release of foreign criminals to date; and how many hours he expects to spend working on this issue until the end of 2006.

(3) how many meetings he has (a) attended and (b) chaired on the release of foreign offenders since July 2005.

[holding answers 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether recommendation for deportations after sentence can be made in respect of EU nationals. (68801)

Yes. A foreign national convicted of an offence who has been recommended for deportation can be liable to deportation under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1971.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Wellingborough in each of the last 12 months; and how many were considered for deportation. (68920)

(2) what plans there are to release foreign nationals from HMP Wellingborough over the next six months.

[holding answers 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his letter to the Speaker of 28 April 2006, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, what definition he uses of more serious offences. (68926)

My predecessor and I have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where I set out my analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today I have also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted defendants in courts in England and Wales have (a) been recommended for deportation, (b) been deported and (c) appealed (i) successfully and (ii) unsuccessfully against notice of deportation in each of the last eight years. (68947)

[holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prisons in the East Riding of Yorkshire without being considered for deportation in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (69314)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released on bail in each week since 25 April; how many have breached their bail conditions; how many have been taken back into custody; and whether each prisoner was originally convicted of (a) a serious, (b) a more serious, (c) a most serious and (d) another offence; (77125)

(2) how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation have been allowed to stay in the UK after being considered for deportation; and how many of these are subject to review;

(3) how many of the 1,019 foreign criminals released without being considered for deportation and subsequently detained have since been granted bail;

(4) how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without consideration for deportation have been bailed subject to licensing requirements;

(5) how many of the most serious offenders of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation have not been detained;

(6) how many of the 83 more serious offenders released without being considered for deportation have been brought under control;

(7) what proportion of foreign criminals subject to deportation orders were deported in each of the last 10 years.

I have updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for introducing legislation to ensure that there is a legal presumption that foreign prisoners will be deported at the end of their sentences. (77409)

My predecessor and I have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where I set out my analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today I have also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted in the Crown courts in England and Wales in each of the last eight years were recommended to the Home Secretary for deportation on completion of their sentences; what the crime committed by the offender was in each case; and on what date (a) they were deported and (b) he decided not to follow the recommendation. (77446)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many meetings his civil servants have had with chief constables to discuss the whereabouts of foreign offenders released without consideration for deportation; (68622)

(2) how many (a) meetings and (b) telephone calls he has had with Chief Constables to discuss the release of foreign offenders.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the detention centres in which incarcerated foreign nationals released without being deported had been held; (68676)

(2) how many foreign nationals who were not deported on release from prison and who have subsequently been located by his Department had reoffended; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether his Department received correspondence prior to 1 April from (a) members of the Prison Service, (b) members of the public and (c) members of the Department and its agencies alerting it to the non-implementation of deportation rules for incarcerated foreign nationals; and if he will make a statement; (68678)

(2) what discussions his Department had with other governments on the deportation of foreign nationals during the period when he has identified failures in following procedures;

(3) what instructions were issued to departmental officials once the failure to deport incarcerated foreign nationals had been identified; when such instructions were issued; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates foreign national offenders have been released from prison without consideration for deportation since July 2005; for what crime each was originally imprisoned; and what crime each has committed since their release. (68717)

I have updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the 79 foreign national offenders released from prison without consideration for deportation who had been in jail for serious offences were originally convicted of sex offences; for what offences each was originally convicted; how many have been traced; how many have been detained; and how many have been served with deportation orders; (68719)

(2) on what date he gave police forces the details of the 1,023 foreign national offenders who had been released from prison without consideration for deportation;

(3) how many foreign national offenders had been served with deportation orders but were instead released into the community in each year since 1999; how many of these were (a) monitored, (b) tagged and (c) given probation orders; and what offence each had committed;

(4) how many of the foreign national offenders previously convicted of serious offences have been detained; for what type of offence each was originally convicted; and what the date of detention of each was.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals who have been released from UK prisons since 1999 have subsequently applied for asylum in the UK; and what the country of origin was of the offenders; (68725)

(2) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 37WS, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, how many foreign national criminals were (a) permitted to be in the UK, (b) had exceeded their leave to be in the UK and (c) were in the UK illegally when they were convicted and imprisoned;

(3) how many deportation orders for foreign offenders in UK prisons are awaiting processing by the immigration and nationality directorate; when the cases were brought to the attention of the immigration and nationality directorate; and what crimes had been committed;

(4) how many foreign offenders have appealed against deportation orders served against them in each year since 1999; and how many of these appeals were successful in each year;

(5) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 37WS, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, how many foreign national criminals have been detained; for what type of offence each was originally convicted; and what the date of detention was of each;

(6) how many foreign national offenders have been deported having served their sentence in UK prisons in each year since 1999; and what the average length of time taken from the immigration and nationality directorate receiving details of the case to the deportation order being issued was in each year.

I have updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders in UK prisons are due to be deported by 1 January 2007; and what the country of origin is of each. (68732)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department's handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report 446, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released after incarceration since 1997 who were not deported were asylum seekers subsequently granted (a) right to remain and (b) UK nationality; (68746)

(2) whether any foreign nationals who were not assessed for deportation on release from prison have been identified as linked with (a) organised crime and (b) international terrorism;

(3) how many foreign nationals released after incarceration since 1997 have not been deported, including those who have been fully processed; and how many have reoffended;

(4) what the nationalities are of the foreign national prisoners he has identified as not having been deported after release.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department takes to prevent foreign nationals who have been deported from the United Kingdom returning to the country using false identities; and if he will make a statement. (68761)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Departments handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals who were not assessed for deportation after release from prison have been identified by (a) national and (b) foreign agencies as sought for (i) possible extradition and (ii) helping police with their inquiries. (68766)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have not been considered for deportation. (69295)

[holding answer 9 May 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out in this statement the eight priority areas for management action to deliver our long term agenda for change on radically improving the system for deporting foreign national prisoners. The sixth point deals specifically with the position in Scotland and Northern Ireland concerning foreign national prisoners. We shall update the House with our progress on this point shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions take place when an overseas prisoner sentenced for crimes committed in the UK is returned to his country of origin to complete the remainder of his sentence as to the date of the release of such a person from prison; and if he will make a statement. (71015)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the instructions issued to judges and magistrates regarding recommendations on deportation for convicted criminals. (72073)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when departmental ministers were first informed of the failure to deport incarcerated foreign nationals; what the method was for such notification; and when he was first briefed. (68679)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Members to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners have been held beyond the date of their scheduled release pending removal or deportation in each of the last five years; (77580)

(2) how many foreign national prisoners have been the subject of administrative removal following their sentence in each of the last five years;

(3) how many foreign national prisoners have been the subject of a deportation order issued by the Immigration Service in each of the last five years.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to his oral statement of 26 April 2006 on the deportation and removal of foreign nationals, how many of the foreign nationals recently released who were placed on the sex offenders register have complied with the terms of their release. (67390)

(2) how many of the foreign nationals recently released convicted of murder have been subject to supervision orders on release; and how many have complied with the terms of those orders.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the releases of foreign prisoners announced in his written statement on 26 April 2006 took place in the Leeds and Yorkshire region. (67612)

[holding answer 4 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released from Bullingdon prison without being considered for deportation in the last 12 months; (67210)

(2) how many foreign prisoners who have completed their sentences and have not been voluntarily deported remain at (a) Bullingdon Prison and (b) HM prisons in England and Wales.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals are held at HMP Long Lartin; and what proportion of the prison's population this represents; (67236)

(2) how many foreign nationals released from HMP Long Lartin since February 1999 have (a) been deported and (b) not been deported; and for what crimes they have been imprisoned.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are detained at HMP Peterborough; what percentage of the total prison population at HMP Peterborough this represents; how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Peterborough in the 12 months to 31 March 2006; and if he will make a statement. (67311)

[holding answer 2 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of resources have been diverted to tracking down the 1,023 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation. (67466)

[holding answer 2 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released from prison in each year since February 1999 have subsequently reoffended, broken down by category of those subsequent offences in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire; (67474)

(2) how many foreign national criminals have been released from Gloucestershire prisons in each year since February 1999, broken down by (a) prison and (b) offence;

(3) how many foreign national criminals are being held in prison in Gloucestershire, broken down by (a) prison and (b) offence.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, columns 37-8WS, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, (1) how many foreign national prisoners have been released without the appropriate consideration of deportation or removal who on conviction had a previous home address in a London borough, broken down by (a) borough and (b) offence; and if he will make a statement; (67563)

(2) how many foreign national prisoners have been released from each London prison without the appropriate consideration of deportation or removal, broken down by offence; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answers 2 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are being held in Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, broken down by offence; when each is due for release; and how many have been recommended by a judge for deportation. (67571)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which have not referred serious offenders for consideration for deportation prior to release; and if he will make a statement. (67572)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether all prisons routinely refer foreign national prisoners for consideration for deportation and removal; and if he will make a statement; (67574)

(2) what assessment he has made of the reasons for the non-referral of foreign national criminals for consideration for deportation or removal; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what instructions were issued to prisons on the procedures to be followed in relation to foreign national criminals and their consideration for deportation or removal prior to September 2004; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what target the immigration and nationality directorate sets for the period within which cases of failed asylum applicants in detention for criminal offences which are referred to them should be reviewed.

(5) whether there is an individual officer in the Prison Service with responsibility for referring foreign national criminals for consideration for deportation or removal; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what steps the immigration and nationality directorate has taken to ensure that travel documentation for failed asylum applicants in detention for criminal offences is issued in a timely fashion.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement, Official Report, on 26 April 2006, how many foreign prisoners were released from each prison before a decision had been taken on their deportation. (67587)

[holding answer 1 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released from prison since 1 August 2005 have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of criminal offences, broken down by offence; (67616)

(2) how many of the foreign nationals released since 1 July 2005 were the subject of a judicial recommendation that consideration should be given as to their deportation; and for what offences offenders subject to such a recommendation were convicted.

[holding answer 2 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates have been deported on release from prisons in the UK in each week of 2006 to date. (67686)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners whose sentence included a recommendation for deportation have been (a) released and (b) released onto parole from Shepton Mallet prison since 1999; and how many were duly deported. (67756)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 1,023 foreign prisoners released from prison between February 1999 and March 2006 without being considered for deportation prior to their release (a) came to the UK (i) on a visitor’s visa, (ii) on a work permit and (iii) as asylum seekers known to the authorities but not granted asylum, (b) were not known to the authorities before their arrests and (c) were citizens of other EU countries. (68493)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners whose last residential address was in Ilford North (a) should have been assessed for deportation, (b) were assessed for deportation and (c) were deported on release from prison in each of the last five years. (68528)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions staff from the immigration and nationality directorate failed to attend a prison to process the release of a foreign offender in each month since January 1999; and if he will make a statement; (68873)

(2) how many visits were made by staff from the immigration and nationality directorate to prisons in England and Wales to process the release of foreign offenders in each month since January 1999; and if he will make a statement.

My predecessor and I have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official report, column 77WS, where I set out my analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today I have also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the foreign nationals convicted of offences in the UK (a) considered for deportation and (b) recommended by the courts for consideration for deportation in each year since 1997 subsequently claimed asylum in the UK; (68884)

(2) how many of the foreign nationals given non-custodial sentences and for whom deportation was recommended to be considered were deported in each of the last five years.

[holding answers 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases foreign nationals were convicted and given non-custodial sentences in each of the last five years. (68915)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released from prison in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since February 1999 have subsequently re-offended, broken down by category of subsequent offence; (69315)

(2) how many of the foreign nationals released from prison whose whereabouts are known to his Department have been identified as living in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many foreign national criminals have been held in prisons in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) prison and (b) offence; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released from jails in Sussex without having their cases reviewed for deportation; (69382)

(2) how many foreign prisoners released without having their cases reviewed for deportation were (a) arrested in Sussex and (b) gave Sussex as their last address.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign national offenders released from prison without consideration for deportation were last known to be resident in the North Wales police area. (69429)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) held in UK prisons and (b) released within the past 12 months who were recommended for deportation are citizens (i) of the EU accession countries and (ii) of other EU countries. (69855)

[holding answer 11 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners whose last residential address was in (a) Essex and (b) Southend, West (i) were recommended for consideration for deportation, (ii) were assessed for deportation, (iii) were deported and (iv) were not deported on release from prison in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (70151)

[holding answer 22 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals (a) are serving and (b) have completed prison sentences in Lancashire for (i) murder, (ii) manslaughter, (iii) grievous bodily harm, (iv) rape and (v) sexual offences against children; and how many of those released in each category (A) were deported after release in each of the last five years and (B) served half their sentence or less. (70265)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted of offences in the UK and sentenced to imprisonment have been convicted of further offences in this country having been released from prison in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (70752)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners were held in (a) HMP Hewell Grange, (b) HMP Brockhill and (c) HMP Blakenhurst in each year since 1997; and how many of those in each prison were (i) considered for deportation and (ii) deported in each year. (71058)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prison but not deported, broken down by police authority. (71354)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners were released without due deportation review process, broken down by prison; and if any prisoners were granted provisions to facilitate onward passage from the main gate. (71401)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners recommended for deportation were transferred to open prisons in the last 12 months; and how many of these prisoners (a) absconded and (b) have not been recaptured. (78712)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals detained at (a) Highdown and (b) Downview prison on 1 July 2005 had been released by 1 April 2006; and how many of those released have subsequently been deported. (68061)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the foreign prisoners released into the community without proper application of the deportation review process were illegal immigrants. (71447)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that those prisoners who (a) entered and (b) remained in the country illegally are deported on completion of their sentences; and if he will make a statement. (64270)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department's handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to identify the nationality of those prisoners whose nationality is not currently recorded; (73529)

(2) what the standard procedure is for identifying the nationality of offenders when they are (a) arrested, (b) sentenced and (c) admitted to prison; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 23 May 2006, on Prisoners: Foreign Nationals, how many of the (a) serious and (b) most serious offenders are held in a custodial setting; and what the term ‘under our control’ means. (74643)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals (a) are serving and (b) have completed in each of the past five years, prison sentences in Hampshire for (i) murder, (ii) manslaughter, (iii) grievous bodily harm, (iv) rape and (v) sexual offences against children; and how many of those released in each category were deported after release. (68483)

[holding answer 11 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prison in Suffolk in the last five years. (69818)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which prison each foreign prisoner released but not deported was last held. (69915)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners are being held in each prison in Greater London. (70068)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals sought for deportation by his Department were released from (a) Cardiff, (b) Bridgend and (c) Swansea prisons during the period 2004 to 2006. (74551)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are held in prisons in West Sussex; and how many of these are liable for deportation on release. (74991)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without consideration for deportation are now under police control; and if he will make a statement. (77122)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.