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Prison Sentences: Deportation

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners from (a) Ireland and (b) each other European Economic Area country serving mandatory life sentences have been deported or removed in each of the last five years. (320071)

[holding answer 2 March 2010]: Since 2007, the UK Border Agency has removed or deported over 15,000 foreign national offenders. Of those removed or deported, less than three in every thousand previously served a mandatory life sentence.

Information from before this period could be obtained only by reviewing individual records. This would be a disproportionate cost.

As a general rule, it is our policy not to disclose the volume or characteristics of those removed to specific countries as it would jeopardise our diplomatic relations. This exemption would normally include EEA countries but, in the case of the Irish Republic and consistent with the special relationship that exists between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, I can confirm that, approximately 30 Irish national prisoners have been removed since 2007.