UK Border Agency

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 27th October 2008.

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Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office, Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), Home Office, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), HM Treasury 2:30 pm, 27th October 2008

The hon. Gentleman is right to imply that it is illegal immigration that most concerns the public. That is why I am pleased to be able to report to the House that the successes that have been achieved mean that we are now stopping one illegal immigrant every eight minutes. On the issue of foreign national prisoners, the figures have improved as well. Since April, when the agency came into being— [Interruption.] Those on the Opposition Front Bench are chuntering away because they do not like the facts. Facts are very stubborn things, and the facts are that we are getting illegal immigrants out of the country more quickly than we did before.

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