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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of EU nationals who have served prison sentences of six months or more in the UK remaining in the UK; (178502)

(2) whether nationals from an EU country having served a prison sentence in England or Wales in the last five years have been deported following completion of sentence.

The Border and Immigration Agency will continue to take a robust approach in considering and, where international obligations allow, pursuing the deportation of European economic area nationals.

The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency advised the Home Affairs Committee during her appearance of 15 January that more than 4,200 foreign national prisoners were removed or deported in 2007. More than 500 of these were nationals from European economic area countries.