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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2341W, on offenders: deportation, how many of the 250 sentence-expired foreign prisoners from countries where difficulties arise in enforcing removal had been serving a sentence for an offence of a violent or sexual nature; and how many have been detained under immigration powers following the expiry of their sentence for more than (a) 12 months, (b) two years and (c) three years. (203356)

Centrally collated information for foreign national prisoners where deportation action or removal is being pursued will only list the latest offence. It would be necessary to examine individual case files to ascertain whether the individual has previously been convicted of violent or sexual offences, which could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency advised the Home Affairs Committee in her letter of 18 February that all of the 250 foreign national prisoners that are detained awaiting deportation action and are from countries where there are difficulties in enforcing removal have been detained under immigration powers for nine months or more. The longest any individual has been detained under immigration legislation powers is around two years.