Results 61–80 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

Written Answers — Home Department: Safe Countries ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Secretary of State for the Home Department does not make assessments about whether foreign countries are sufficiently under the rule of law to offer no threat of torture or abuse to their nationals. As is the case with other Departments, when the Home Department interacts with foreign countries on issues relating to torture and the abuse of their nationals, it proceeds on the basis of...

Written Answers — Home Department: Terrorism ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: It is not our policy to comment on operational and intelligence matters.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: rose—

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the deportation and removal of foreign national prisoners. I will update the House on our progress in considering the cases that I reported last week had been released without proper consideration, and I will set out the facts in relation to the reports on foreign national prisoners and the removal of failed asylum seekers,...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The right hon. Gentleman raised several points—

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do not think that it was 29, but I am interested to hear that that is the number that my hon. Friend was able to identify. First, I paid tribute last Wednesday, and I will again, to the role of the Public Accounts Committee in this process. It has been a positive process, and that is what the PAC should do. Secondly, in answer to the right hon. Gentleman's question about what I did about...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: First, when I stated that 70 people had been approved for deportation and procedures were going ahead in those cases, that is true and the police are working on it, as I reported to the House. Secondly, I have not sought in any way to hide the fact that the Home Office made serious mistakes. I said that last week, I say it this week and I continue to assert it. As I said in the statement, I...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: My right hon. Friend is correct. I pay tribute to him and the Select Committee that he chairs because it decided a good while back—partly, I am sure, in response to the NAO report, but also for other reasons—to go through the detailed workings of the immigration and asylum system. It did not simply take evidence in the House but considered the current procedures, and so it should because...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I have done the opposite of denying responsibility for the matter. From the beginning, I acknowledged my responsibility for the mistakes that have been made. It is fair to say that I have also sought credit for the positive changes that we have made side by side with the mistakes, but I accept responsibility completely and categorically, and I do not believe that the right hon. Gentleman has...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, not like control orders. The hon. Gentleman should face a fact: we have the power to keep in prison those who have committed offences until the end of their sentence; we have the power to keep under immigration detention those whom we have a realistic prospect of deporting, but we do not have the power, on my say-so or anybody else's, to keep people in prison because we feel like it...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The short answer is that that is a result of my natural generosity of spirit, which I try to show at all times to the Liberal Democrats as I cannot give them any other support. My right hon. Friend was the first Member of Parliament to visit me on the day I was appointed Home Secretary. He took me to his constituency office—just off the Lobby—to show me the filing cabinets full of...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am not sure to which statement the hon. Lady is referring, but I do not believe that those views are right. The police have been intimately involved in this approach through their national command centre in Portsmouth, and they have dealt with a large number of issues through the police national computer. I do not think that the specific remarks that the hon. Lady reports are correct, but...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for taking up the case of her former constituent. She and I discussed the matter yesterday after the press reporting of the situation. I cannot confirm that any legislation will have a particular impact on any individual case—I am not going to comment on specific circumstances—but I can say that the whole intent of the legislation is to change the balance...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: As I have said, the police are pursuing all of them on the basis of the extensive intelligence and data that we have about all of those individuals.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I certainly can understand the anger that my hon. Friend describes. He and I also discussed this matter yesterday. I hope that he will acknowledge that the case to which he refers was not one of the specific cases that we have been talking about. As I said yesterday, however, and I say to the House today, it does raise precisely the kind of general questions that my hon. Friend has raised....

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, I will not. I do not believe that there was the distinction in language that the right hon. and learned Gentleman has made. If we are being candid about these matters, we should look back to the time during the previous Conservative Government, before he was Home Secretary, when the noble Lord Ferrers said in answer to a question that, of a total sentenced population of 34,000 in December...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am particularly glad that she made reference in the final part of her question to the need to strengthen the cohesion of communities in this country. That is an important and genuine requirement to consider as we balance the issues that are being debated today. I can assure her that the cohesion of communities up and down the country, including her...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: As I said in my statement, I am not in a position to give full information about the 1,000 at this stage. I will do so when I can. On the hon. Gentleman's other question, I dealt with that in the answer that I sent to him, and I will continue to work closely with the Scottish Executive and others to ensure that we bring those matters under control.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: On the hon. Gentleman's second point, yes, we deal with administrative detention. On his third point about tagging, we are looking to extend the ability to use that. As I said to the former Leader of the Opposition, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith), there are serious issues about our legal powers in those circumstances, which is why I called for...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I will write to the hon. Gentleman and the PAC about his specific question about the relationship between the issues. As he says, however, it is true that the definitions in each of the cases have not always been entirely straightforward. That is why the situation has arisen with the numbers. The best way to deal with that is to write to him and the PAC.


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