Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 10:45 am, 20th March 2007

My hon. Friend makes a powerful point, but I think it is slightly beyond the scope of the amendment. The wider point about the ability to deport criminals is a difficulty that the Government have faced and have not yet addressed satisfactorily. Regardless of the destination of these would-be deportees, I am sure that nobody paying taxes in this country feels that it is a good use of their money to pay compensation to people who have been convicted of a serious enough offence in this country to have been jailed for it, and who are also eligible to be deported from this country, suggesting that they should never have been here in the first place.