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Prisoners: Deportation

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners have been deported in 2007; (154206)

(2) how many foreign national prisoners were deported in each of the last 10 years.

The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 14 June. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House.

Statistics on the deportation of foreign nationals were last published in 2002. These data are available through the Home Office’s Research Development and Statistics website at:

www.archive2.official-documents.co.uk/document/cm60/6053/6053.htm

Published information on persons removed as a result of deportation action has not been available from 2003 onwards due to data quality issues. The Border and Immigration Agency is putting in place new systems to improve its data collection systems for the future in this area.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards the Prime Minister’s target of deporting 4,000 prisoners of foreign origin by the end of the year; and what categories of crimes these prisoners were convicted of. (155647)

The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote to the Home Affairs Committee on 14 June in which she provided an update on progress being made with foreign national prisoners. A copy of this letter is available in the Library of the House.