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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 19 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people arrested (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area in England and Wales had been the subject of a deportation order in each of the last five years; (273531)

(2) how many people subject to a deportation order have been arrested in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files and cross-referencing that information with records held by the police, which would incur a disproportionate cost. The UK Border Agency is advised of when a foreign national has been convicted of a crime within the UK in order to take appropriate action, including deportation action. The UK Border Agency will consider deportation action against any foreign national who has been convicted of a crime committed in the UK and meets the relevant criteria.

Those who have a deportation order signed against them are removed from the UK and prevented from re-entering as long as the order is in force. In 2008 the Agency exceeded its Government target by deporting or removing a record 5,395 foreign national criminals. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Select Committee in order to provide all of the most robust and accurate information on the deportation of foreign national criminals and will continue to do so as required. Copies of her letters are available in the Library of the House.