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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders who had previously been deported have been convicted since 2001; and how many were (a) EU citizens and (b) non-EU citizens. (253445)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost. Those who are subject to deportation orders are prevented from re-entering the United Kingdom. Where it is found that an individual has attempted to enter in breach of a deportation order, the UK Border Agency will remove them at the earliest opportunity.

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