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Foreign Criminals

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people convicted in England and Wales in the last 12 months were non-British nationals. (94967)

Data from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform are not able to identify the nationality of people convicted in England and Wales.

In a written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 78WS, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out the eight priority areas to be addressed by the enforcement and criminal agencies involved in the deportation of foreign national prisoners. Points one and two of this plan tackle the absence of a unique personal identifier for individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems and that there is no legal requirement to provide evidence of nationality when in contact with the criminal justice system. My hon. Friend the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality set out the progress we are making against these areas in a written ministerial statement on 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 29WS and will continue to update Parliament on progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners were deported in (a) July, (b) August and (c) September 2006. (94128)

The information is not available in the format requested. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out in his statement to the House on 9 October 2006 that the Director General of the Immigration Nationality Directorate had written to the Home Affairs Committee on the same day. A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library and it highlights deportation consideration and deportation action taken since April this year.