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Convicted Foreign Nationals: Deportation

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department has taken to ensure that anybody who is convicted of an imprisonable offence and who is a foreign national is deported. (116943)

The Director-General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 12 December 2006 to provide an update on progress in the deportation of foreign national prisoners. In this letter the Director-General outlined that due consideration of deportation takes place in all new cases of foreign national prisoners before release, and that since April 2006, over 1,600 foreign national prisoners had been deported or removed. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House and a further update will be provided to the Home Affairs Committee shortly.

My right hon. Friend The Home Secretary has stated that changes will be made to the law to strengthen the link between deportation and criminality. The legislative proposals will be brought forward shortly in the forthcoming UK Borders Bill.