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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial recommendations for deportation of convicted criminals were (a) made and (b) carried out in each of the last two years. (160192)

The information requested could be obtained by a detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.

On 14 June the Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate wrote to the Home Affairs Committee to provide the most recent information available on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. In this letter the Director reported that 2,784 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed in the financial year 2006-07. A copy of this letter is available from the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the practicality of deporting foreign nationals convicted of drugs and gun offences. (160193)

Existing legislation allows the Border and Immigration Agency to deport foreign nationals convicted of firearms and serious drug offences. Our ability to deport foreign criminals will be strengthened further by the automatic deportation provisions in the UK Borders Bill which will create a closer link between criminality and deportation.