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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the safety of people deported to Algeria. (70127)

The Government consider the safety of any prospective returnee at the initial decision stage, and, where applicable, it is also considered by the independent body which hears the appeal against that initial decision. These assessments are made against the background of current information from a wide range of well-recognised sources about the situation in the country concerned. In the specific case of Algeria, officials have recently had a series of helpful discussions with Algerian officials about the effects of the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation and how this will be implemented.

Where we decide to remove someone and they either do not appeal or their appeal is dismissed, we consider that it is safe for that individual to return.

However, if specific allegations were to be made that any returnee has experienced ill-treatment on return from the UK, then these would be followed up through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British embassy in Algiers as a matter of urgency.