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Human Trafficking

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those arrested in relation to Operation Greensea in respect of whom legal proceedings have been completed were (a) convicted and (b) deported. (276007)

The information is as follows:

(a) On 31 January 2008, 12 individuals were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration into the United Kingdom as a result of Operation Greensea. Of these 12, six have been convicted, three are currently on trial, and the others have been released or have been charged with separate offences.

Subsequently, three additional men were arrested in relation to Operation Greensea, and are also on trial.

(b) The UK Border Agency is committed to ensuring that it removes those foreign nationals who pose a risk of harm to our society. Our objective is that foreign national prisoners should face deportation when they meet the relevant criteria and that deportation should happen as early as possible in their sentence.

In 2008, the agency deported or removed 5,395 foreign national prisoners, exceeding the Government set target. As confirmed in its 2009-10 business plan, the UK Border Agency will continue to deport or remove record numbers of foreign criminals.