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Deportation: Offenders

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national offenders who have been subject to the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of a further offence; (317314)

(2) what the average length of custodial sentence has been of a foreign national prisoner participating in the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme;

(3) how many foreign national prisoners of each nationality have participated in the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme in each year since their inception;

(4) what the monetary value of the average financial package received by foreign national prisoners is as a result of participation in the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme;

(5) how many foreign national prisoners participating in the (a) early removal and (b) facilitated return scheme were serving a custodial sentence of (i) four years or less, (ii) three years or less and (iii) two years or less at the latest date for which figures are available.

[holding answer 22 February 2010]: All foreign nationals subject to removal will be considered by National Offender Management Service under the early removals scheme (ERS), which allows for early removal up to a maximum of 270 days prior to the halfway point of the sentence, subject to the serving of a requisite period. Since 2008, the UKBA has removed approximately 11,000 foreign national prisoners. Of these, approximately a quarter were removed before the end of the sentence under the ERS and approximately 30 per cent. were removed under the facilitated returns scheme.

We do not publish a breakdown by nationality of the foreign national prisoners removed or deported from the UK. Information on total removals and voluntary departures from the UK by nationality is published quarterly. The latest can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs09/immiq309 supp1.xls#’TableF'!A1

Of those removed directly from prison under ERS since 2008, the average sentence length was between three and four years and approximately two-thirds were serving a sentence of less than four years.

Of those removed from the UK under the FRS scheme since 2008, the average sentence length was between two and three years and approximately three-quarters were serving a sentence of less than four years.

This is taken from provisional management information and subject to change. Data from before 2008 could be obtained only by referencing individual case files. This would be at disproportionate cost.

In both 2008 and between quarters 1 and 3 of 2009 less than three-quarters removed under FRS claimed the reintegration package on return and of those that did, the average amount received was less than £2,500 for 2008 and £3,500 for quarters 1 to 3 of 2009. There is no financial package associated with ERS.

All foreign national prisoners are entered on the watch list when removed so checks can be made to prevent those who are barred and those who have no right from entering the UK. To provide information on foreign nationals who have been removed and gone on to re-offend would require the examination of individual records which would incur disproportionate cost.