Foreign National Offenders (Exclusion from the UK) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:35 am on 11th March 2016.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 9:35 am, 11th March 2016

I will happily give way to my hon. Friend after I have given way to my hon. Friend Philip Davies.

It is probably about a combination of those four factors, and the fifth point, which is important, is that this issue falls between two major Government Departments and needs to be seized by the Prime Minister himself if we are to make any substantial progress on this issue. The number of foreign national offenders in our prisons first rose substantially during the last period of office of the previous Labour Government, triggered in part by their acceptance of human rights legislation. The problem stems from that time, but to be fair neither the coalition Government nor the present Conservative Government have, in my view, addressed the issue sufficiently to see any meaningful progress.