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Border and Immigration Agency

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1182W, to the hon. Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on the Border and Immigration Agency, what steps the Government have taken in respect of the Ramzy case; and when she expects it to be resolved. (149553)

The Government, together with the governments of Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia, submitted written observations to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Ramzy v. the Netherlands in November 2005. The observations were the same as those submitted in two other cases which raise similar issues, A v. the Netherlands and Nassim Saadi v. Italy.

The Grand Chamber held an oral hearing in the case of Nassim Saadi v. Italy on 11 July 2007, and the UK made an oral submission to the court. The court has given no indication about when it will give judgment in this case or how it proposes to deal with the other two cases.