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Deportation: China

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Chinese nationals convicted of criminal offences in the United Kingdom were deported in each of the last six years; (211834)

(2) what recent discussions she has had with the Chinese Government on accepting Chinese nationals intended for deportation from the United Kingdom who have been convicted of criminal offences in the UK.

The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly updated the Home Affairs Committee with all of the most robust and accurate information available.

She advised the Committee in her letter of 17 December 2007 that through ongoing negotiations with foreign governments the UK has now established safe routes and re-documentation arrangements with a significant number of countries and that this is aiding our ability to return prisoners and other people at an improving pace. In particular we have signed a returns agreement with China and we are working ever more closely with governments around the world to facilitate removals.