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Deportation: Offenders

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in securing agreements with third countries on the return of prisoners held in the UK. (196816)

In 2007, prisoner transfer agreements were concluded with Jamaica and with Pakistan. The agreement with Jamaica will come into force when amendments have been made to Jamaican law. The agreement with Pakistan was signed on 24 August 2007 and will enter into force as soon as we have confirmation that constitutional arrangements in Pakistan have been completed and instruments of ratification have been exchanged. We expect that the agreement will be in force soon.

In addition to the agreements signed last year, an agreement with Ghana has recently been concluded and will be signed shortly. Negotiations with Nigeria and Vietnam are at an advanced stage.