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Foreign Nationals

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals have been convicted of living off immoral earnings of prostitutes; and how many have been subsequently deported from the UK as a result of these crimes in each year since 1999; (181111)

(2) how many foreign nationals have been convicted of offences relating to assisting or facilitating illegal entry into the UK; and how many had subsequently been deported as a result of such convictions in each year since 1997;

(3) how many foreign nationals have been convicted (a) of trafficking people into the UK and (b) trafficking people within the UK for sexual exploitation; and how many have subsequently been deported from the UK as a result of such convictions in each year since the offences came into law;

(4) how many foreign nationals have been convicted of exercising control over a prostitute; and how many such people have been deported subsequently from the United Kingdom as a result of such a conviction in each year since 1997.

The information requested can be obtained only through examination of individual file records held by Ministry of Justice and Border and Immigration Agency at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Committee over the past 18 months and provided the most accurate and robust information available relating to foreign national prisoners. She advised the Home Affairs Committee, during her appearance before them on 15 January, that more than 4,200 foreign national prisoners were removed or deported from the UK in 2007. The Home Secretary has also confirmed that this included more than 20 killers, more than 200 sex offenders and more than 1,100 drug offenders.