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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 270W, what the Department’s estimated timescales are for the completion of the procedures referred to with (a) Jamaica, (b) Nigeria and (c) Pakistan. (154189)

The United Kingdom has concluded prisoner transfer agreements with both Jamaica and Pakistan. The Agreement with Jamaica was signed in London on 26 June 2007; the Agreement with Pakistan was signed in Islamabad on 24 August 2007. Before these agreements come to force each country must complete their respective constitutional procedures.

In the United Kingdom this means that the text of the agreements must be laid before Parliament for 21 consecutive sitting days. It is intended that the Agreements with Jamaica and with Pakistan will be laid before Parliament when it reassembles after the summer recess.

Jamaica has not yet completed changes to its domestic legislation but UK officials in Kingston are following up progress with the Jamaican Ministry of National Security and the Attorney-General’s Office.

The Agreement with Pakistan has only recently been signed. We do not yet know what domestic procedures are necessary to enable the Pakistani Government to ratify it. The British High Commission will take this forward with the Pakistani Government.

Negotiations with Nigeria are ongoing. It is not possible to say when they will be concluded.