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Travel Restrictions

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2009, Official Report, column 321W, on travel restrictions, what definition of unacceptable behaviour his Department uses as a criteria for exclusion from the UK. (281928)

[holding answer 25 June 2009]: The then Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke), announced to Parliament on 20 July 2005 that he would broaden his existing powers to exclude or deport those who present an indirect threat to national security, public order or the rule of law in the UK or to the UK's good relations with a third country. Consultation on implementing this decision was also announced. Following the consultation the criteria for unacceptable behaviour was published in a Press Release on 24 August 2005 entitled "Tackling Terrorism-Behaviours Unacceptable in the UK".

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2009, Official Report, column 321W, on travel restrictions, how many people there are on the list of foreign nationals excluded from the UK on unacceptable behaviour grounds. (281929)

[holding answer 25 June 2009]: The list published by the Home Secretary on 5 May 2009 includes 22 people who were excluded from the UK on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour between October 2008 and March 2009. Since August 2005, when the policy was announced, 105 individuals have been excluded from the UK on grounds of unacceptable behaviour.