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Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been deported to (a) Pakistan, (b) Afghanistan and (c) India in each of the last five years; and how many such persons were deported on the grounds of national security; (271363)

(2) how many people were deported to Pakistan on each ground for deportation in 2008.

The UK Border Agency is committed to ensuring that we remove those foreign nationals who pose a risk of harm to our society. It has been made clear that all those who commit crimes within the United Kingdom and meet the published criteria will be considered for deportation action.

Over the past five years the UK Border Agency has deported or removed over 15,000 foreign criminals from the UK, including a record 5,395 in 2008. A detailed breakdown of where those individuals were removed to is not collated centrally and can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

During the same period, nine people have been deported on grounds of national security. None of that group was deported to one of the three countries named.

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 available on the deportation of foreign criminals, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. She will continue to write to the Committee as required.