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Foreign Criminals

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign offenders have been released from prisons in (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland without being considered for deportation in each of the last eight years; and for what offences each was originally convicted. (77128)

I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS. I 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 how many foreign criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have been recommended for deportation but have not yet been deported. (69294)

[holding answer 9 May 2006]: I refer the hon. Lady 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 (1) how many foreign nationals convicted of serious offences and serving sentences in Scottish prisons who were recommended for deportation by a court were subsequently (a) deported and (b) released since January 1999; (67592)

(2) when he first raised the issue of release of foreign national criminals with (a) the Scottish Prison Service and (b) the Scottish Executive; and what discussions his Department had with each on the matter.

[holding answers 2 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 how many foreign nationals convicted of serious offences (a) are serving a sentence in Scottish prisons and (b) have served sentences in Scottish prisons since January 1999. (67617)

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 how many foreign prisoners were released from Scottish prisons in each year from 1999-2000 to 2004-05. (75861)

I refer my hon. Friend 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.