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.
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.