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Deportation: Offenders

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners are subject to deportation notices. (252821)

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Committee in order to provide all of the most robust and accurate information on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. Copies of these letters are available in the Library of the House.

Those who meet the published criteria for deportation will be considered for deportation action. Additionally any non-EEA foreign national prisoners who receive a custodial sentence of 12 months or more, as well as any non-EEA national convicted of a drug or gun offence irrespective of the length of their sentence, will face automatic deportation and, in many cases, will not receive a right of appeal within the United Kingdom. According to the Agency’s own provisional internal management information, which is subject to change, over 5,000 foreign national prisoners were deported in 2008. This means that the UK Border Agency yet again exceeded its target for the year as well as exceeding the previous year’s record number of removals and deportations of foreign national prisoners.