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Deportation

Volume 572: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:In how many instances deportation measures in progress concern persons who (a) have never committed a criminal offence in the United Kingdom, and (b) are fully self supporting and so do not represent a cost to public funds.

Information is not available in the form requested and there is no record kept of such people who are fully self supporting. However, the latest provisional figures available for 1995 show that 1,812 people were removed from the United Kingdom following the start of deportation action, of whom 327 were deported as a consequence of a criminal conviction. However, all those who knowingly overstay a leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or who breach a condition of that leave are liable to prosecution under the Immigration Act 1971. Of those deported under the administrative powers in the Act, there is no central record of any other non-immigration related offences they may have committed.