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Immigration: Deportation

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many memoranda of understanding to facilitate the deportation of foreign nationals on grounds of national security and unacceptable behaviour are in place; with which countries; and in what years they were put in place. [HL3569]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many memoranda of understanding to facilitate the deportation of foreign nationals on grounds of national security and unacceptable behaviour are being negotiated; and with which countries. [HL3570]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deportation actions on grounds of (a) national security, and (b) unacceptable behaviour, to countries with which the United Kingdom has a memorandum of understanding have been successful since September 2001; and how many have been unsuccessful. [HL3571]

Memoranda of understanding on deportation with assurances have been signed with Jordan, Libya and Lebanon (all in 2005) and with Ethiopia (in 2008). Separate arrangements, set out in an exchange of letters in July 2006, apply in respect of Algeria.

The Government are pursuing agreements regarding deportation with assurances with a number of countries. However, as I explained in my previous reply (22 July 2008, WA 243), identification of the parties would prejudice these negotiations. Copies of any further agreements concluded will be placed in the Library in due course.

No one has been deported to Jordan, Libya, Lebanon or Ethiopia on grounds of national security during the period for which information is sought. Over the same period, eight men have been deported to Algeria on national security grounds.

There are 14 cases where a proposed deportation to one of these five countries on national security grounds has been discontinued.

Twelve cases are at various stages in the appeal process, including one where the person concerned has applied to the European Court of Human Rights.

To date, we have not sought to deport anyone to any of these five countries on grounds of unacceptable behaviour.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the past 12 months people due to be removed from the country have been taken under escort to the airport of departure and their removal plan has then been cancelled because airline tickets have not been purchased. [HL3736]

To ask Her Majesty's Government which agency is responsible for purchasing the airline tickets for persons due to be removed from the United Kingdom. [HL3737]

In the past 12 months (1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009), the removal directions for 19 people have been cancelled after the individual had been taken under escort to the port of departure because of problems relating to the purchase of airline tickets.

These figures do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.