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Foreign Criminals

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil service staff hours have been expended on duties related to the release of foreign offenders since July 2005. (68619)

This information is not readily available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the former foreign national prisoners identified as not having been assessed for deportation and subsequently relocated have been claiming benefits. (68745)

The immigration and nationality directorate are working with all other relevant agencies to conclude all cases where foreign national prisoners were released without due consideration. The information as requested is not currently available in the format requested and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals who were not assessed for deportation on release from prison were visited by foreign consular services during their incarceration; and which embassies were involved in each case. (68768)

This information is not held centrally. During the induction process for new prisoners, it is a requirement that all foreign national prisoners are offered the opportunity to contact their embassy or high commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct chief police officers to publish any available photographs in their respective constabulary areas of foreign nationals considered for deportation but released on completion of their sentences and still at large, to facilitate their arrest; and if he will make a statement. (70168)

[holding answer 12 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary already explained during his appearance before the Home Affairs Committee on 23 May 2006 that this is an operational matter for the police. Discussions have taken place between officials from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on whether making public details of ex-offenders would assist in locating them. It is the considered view of ACPO that a decision should only be taken on a case by case basis as to whether to publicise the details of those individuals who are the subject of ongoing deportation action and still need to be located.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are (a) awaiting trial and (b) helping police with inquiries. (67458)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules govern applications for (a) leave to remain and (b) British citizenship by foreign nationals who have served in the British Army. (82372)

[holding answer 4 July 2006]: The rules applying to applications for leave to remain in the UK by foreign nationals discharged from the British Army are set out in paragraphs 276L to 276Q of the Immigration Rules. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the information contained on the IND website at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/lawandpolicy/immigrationrules/part7.

Foreign nationals who have served in HM Forces and who wish to apply for British citizenship must make a successful application for naturalisation under sections 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Policy requirements and procedures for handling applications are available for viewing on the IND website at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishnationality.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Lin Homer's letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, what crimes were committed by the seven serious foreign national offenders who have not been detained; what the nationality was of each; how long each served in prison; and when each was released. (88953)

It is not the general policy of the Department to disclose specific details into the public domain which may identify individuals included among the 1,013 foreign national prisoners who were released without deportation consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Wellingborough in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May 2006; and how many were considered for deportation. (85596)

Comprehensive statistical information on discharges is not centrally available, and providing information based on manually stored records could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

The Department does not hold information on how many foreign nationals released from HMP Wellingborough in (a) March, (b) April and (c) May were considered for deportation and could provide this information only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) claimed asylum and (b) were deported at the end of their prison sentence in each of the last five years. (73531)

The information requested for the period concerned is not collected centrally and only available at disproportionate cost. In a written ministerial statement of 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 28WS, I provided an update to the House on the progress the Department is making to ensure that foreign national prisoners face deportation as early as possible within their sentences.