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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the
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Chairman of the Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons who received a recommendation for deportation by an immigration judge (a) were removed in 2005 and (b) have been removed in 2006. [67699]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have been released from HM Prison Littlehey in each of the last five calendar years; how many were deported upon their release; and what crime each had committed. [68088]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners from (a) HMP Lancaster and (b) Lancaster Farm Young Offender Institution have been released without consideration for deportation in each year from 1999 to 2005. [68093]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 3 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received from immigration Ministers on the pace of deportation of foreign prisoners since 1999. [73678]

(2) who in his Department is responsible for checking whether a foreign prisoner has been recommended for deportation by a court. [73679]

(3) what representations his office has received from employees of Immigration and Nationality Directorate on deportations of foreign prisoners since 1997. [73682]


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(4) what instructions he gave to the Minister of Immigration on dealing with foreign prisoners recommended for deportation since December 2003. [73622]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the released prisoners who should have been considered for deportation are from the Dorset area. [69308]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality department (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation are thought to be in Wales. [68645]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality department (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to third countries, rather than that of their nationality in each of the last three years. [68657]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.


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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of his time he has spent on dealing with deportation of convicted foreign offenders since September 2005; [68663]

(2) how many hours he has spent on issues related to the release of foreign criminals to date; and how many hours he expects to spend working on this issue until the end of 2006. [68664]

(3) how many meetings he has (a) attended and (b) chaired on the release of foreign offenders since July 2005. [68665]

Mr. Byrne [holding answers 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether recommendation for deportations after sentence can be made in respect of EU nationals. [68801]

Mr. Byrne: Yes. A foreign national convicted of an offence who has been recommended for deportation can be liable to deportation under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1971.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Wellingborough in each of the last 12 months; and how many were considered for deportation. [68920]

(2) what plans there are to release foreign nationals from HMP Wellingborough over the next six months. [68922]

Mr. Byrne [holding answers 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his letter to the Speaker of 28 April 2006, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, what definition he uses of more serious offences. [68926]

John Reid: My predecessor and I have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of
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the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where I set out my analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today I have also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted defendants in courts in England and Wales have (a) been recommended for deportation, (b) been deported and (c) appealed (i) successfully and (ii) unsuccessfully against notice of deportation in each of the last eight years. [68947]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 8 May 2006]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prisons in the East Riding of Yorkshire without being considered for deportation in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [69314]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released on bail in each week since 25 April; how many have breached their bail conditions; how many have been taken back into custody; and whether each prisoner was originally convicted of (a) a serious, (b) a more serious , (c) a most serious and (d) another offence; [77125]

(2) how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation have been allowed to stay in the UK after being considered for deportation; and how many of these are subject to review; [77399]

(3) how many of the 1,019 foreign criminals released without being considered for deportation and subsequently detained have since been granted bail; [77400]

(4) how many of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without consideration for deportation have been bailed subject to licensing requirements; [77401]


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(5) how many of the most serious offenders of the 1,019 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation have not been detained; [77407]

(6) how many of the 83 more serious offenders released without being considered for deportation have been brought under control; [77408]

(7) what proportion of foreign criminals subject to deportation orders were deported in each of the last 10 years. [77416]

John Reid: I have updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for introducing legislation to ensure that there is a legal presumption that foreign prisoners will be deported at the end of their sentences. [77409]

John Reid: My predecessor and I have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the right hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where I set out my analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today I have also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted in the Crown courts in England and Wales in each of the last eight years were recommended to the Home Secretary for deportation on completion of their sentences; what the crime committed by the offender was in each case; and on what date (a) they were deported and (b) he decided not to follow the recommendation. [77446]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on this matter today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many meetings his civil servants have had with chief constables to discuss the whereabouts of foreign offenders released without consideration for deportation; [68622]


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(2) how many (a) meetings and (b) telephone calls he has had with Chief Constables to discuss the release of foreign offenders. [68623]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the detention centres in which incarcerated foreign nationals released without being deported had been held; [68676]

(2) how many foreign nationals who were not deported on release from prison and who have subsequently been located by his Department had reoffended; and if he will make a statement. [68677]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has updated the House on these matters today in a written ministerial statement, and the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) has written to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee today on the number of cases where foreign national prisoners were released without proper deportation consideration. A copy of the letter has been placed in both Libraries.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether his Department received correspondence prior to 1 April from (a) members of the Prison Service, (b) members of the public and (c) members of the Department and its agencies alerting it to the non-implementation of deportation rules for incarcerated foreign nationals; and if he will make a statement; [68678]

(2) what discussions his Department had with other governments on the deportation of foreign nationals during the period when he has identified failures in following procedures; [68680]

(3) what instructions were issued to departmental officials once the failure to deport incarcerated foreign nationals had been identified; when such instructions were issued; and if he will make a statement. [68681]

Mr. Byrne: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and his predecessor have provided regular updates to the House on all aspects of the recent events concerning the Department’s handling of the deportation of foreign national prisoners who were released without consideration. In particular I refer the hon. Member to the most recent written ministerial statement of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 77WS, where the Home Secretary sets out his analysis of the Department, the eight priority areas set out for management action to rectify these and required organisational improvements. In a written ministerial statement today my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has also updated the House on the latest statistical position in respect of this matter.


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