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Guantanamo Bay

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 20 April (WA 342), (a) which of the following former Guantanamo Bay detainees are entitled to support in accordance with their immigration status, and (b) which of them are claiming some or all of that support: (1) Omar Deghayes; (2) Binyam Mohamed; (3) Jamal Abdullah Kiyemba; (4) Bisher al-Rawi; (5) Jamil al-Banna; and (6) Abdenour Sameur. [HL3073]

It is not the policy of the UK Border Agency to disclose to third parties personal information about individuals, including information concerning their immigration status.

All the foreign nationals who have been returned from Guantanamo Bay were previously legally resident in the UK. Once an individual's immigration status has been established they will be subject to UK tax arrangements and may also have access to certain benefits including those available from Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), National Health Service (NHS) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Entitlements to these benefits are not solely based on their immigration status and other factors would need to be considered. While an individual is awaiting an immigration decision they may be entitled to support by UKBA, such as asylum or Part 4 (support) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Only five of the individuals named were returned to the UK. Mr Kiyemba has not returned to the UK.