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Foreign Prisoners

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 107 foreign nationals released from prison whose whereabouts are known to the Home Office should have been deported; and how many his Department has identified as living in Oxfordshire. (67209)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary updated the House on this matter on 29 June 2006 in a written ministerial statement, Official Report, column 18WS, and the director general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote on this date to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee 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 of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the foreign nationals recently released from prison and recommended for deportation, broken down by (a) prison from which they were released, (b) date of release and (c) offence; how many have re-offended since release; and in how many cases current whereabouts are unknown. (67570)

[holding answer 2 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary updated the House on this matter on 29 June 2006 in a written ministerial statement, Official Report, column 18WS, and the director general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote on this date to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee 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 escaped from open prisons in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (82256)

Information on the number of absconders who were foreign nationals could be obtained only by examination of individual records at a disproportionate cost.