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Deportation: Offenders

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners repatriated to their country of origin under the reintegration scheme have since been returned to the UK following reconviction. (276232)

Those foreign national prisoners who are removed under the Facilitated Returns Scheme are issued with an exclusion order preventing them from re-entering the UK. Those who are subject to a deportation order and have not benefited from the scheme are also prevented from re-entering the UK. There is no basis upon which a foreign government may return one of their nationals to the UK if that individual re-offends in their country.

The UK Border Agency deported or removed a record 5,400 foreign national prisoners in 2008, exceeding the Government set target. As confirmed in its 2008-09 Business Plan the Agency will continue to deport or remove even more.