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Asylum: Offenders

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 19 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners applied for asylum (a) before their conviction and (b) following their imprisonment in each of the last 12 months. (275683)

The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files and cross-referencing these details with records held by the Prison Service which would incur a disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Select Committee with all of the most robust and accurate information on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. Copies of her letters are available in the Library of the House.