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Prisoners: Deportation

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to introduce legislation to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1991 so as to permit prisoners liable for removal to have their cases reviewed by the Parole Board in the same way as other long-term prisoners, in accordance with the reasons given for granting a declaration of incompatibility under Section 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998, in R (on the application of Clift) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] UKHL54. [HL2023]

While the noble Lord has referred to the ruling of this House in respect of Regina (on the application of Clift) v Secretary of State, the ruling of this House regarding long-term prisoners liable to removal having their cases reviewed by the Parole Board in the same way as other long-term prisoners concerned Regina (on the application of Hindawi and Headley) v Secretary of State.

The Government are currently considering their options for introducing the necessary statutory amendments to ensure compliance with the terms of this judgment. Administrative arrangements will be made in the interim which will ensure that no long-term prisoner liable for removal from the UK is disadvantaged.