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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he is making on reaching deportation agreements with the top five countries with the most nationals in British prisons. (149922)

Jamaica, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Iraq represent the top five countries in terms of the number of their nationals held in prison here with which the United Kingdom does not yet have a prisoner transfer agreement in place.

A limited prisoner transfer agreement between the United Kingdom and Jamaica was signed on 26 June 2007. It will not come into force until both countries have completed their respective domestic constitutional procedures. Negotiations with Nigeria are ongoing. We are pressing the Nigerians authorities to conclude the negotiations as quickly as possible. An agreement with Pakistan has been concluded and will be signed shortly. The agreement is subject to ratification and will not come into effect until both countries have completed their domestic ratification procedures. Because of the domestic situation in both Somalia and Iraq no negotiations on a prisoner transfer agreement are likely in the near future.