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Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU nationals she has been unable to deport since October 2000 due to (a) UK courts finding a real risk of them suffering treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights on their return and (b) her Department accepting that any such deportation would be in breach of Article 3 rights. (169770)

The information requested can only be obtained through the detailed examination of individual case files to ascertain the specific reason for an allowed appeal against deportation or when it has been accepted that deportation should not be pursued. This would incur a significantly disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote a letter to the Home Affairs Committee on 20 November in which she provided an update on the deportation of foreign national criminals and gave the most robust statistical information available. A copy of this letter is available in the Library of the House.