Results 81–100 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is correct. That has been more of a difficulty with that country than with just about any other country in the world. It is possible to imagine voluntary return in certain circumstances, which has been achieved in a small number of cases. More generally, however, it has not been possible to proceed for precisely the reasons that he gives.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do not have anything to add to what I have said previously to MPs from that locality.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I certainly will consider my hon. Friend's proposals. Let me highlight one problem: in the case of Zimbabwe, which has many difficulties, the Government are subject to consistent calls, including from the Opposition, not to deport anyone to that country in any circumstances. We are also under a duty to examine the circumstances of the individuals concerned and the threat that they face. My...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: Actually, that is the position with regard to such a prisoner's human rights under the European convention on human rights rather than specifically under the Human Rights Act. Any individual might or might not have a claim under the European convention on human rights, which I think, from memory, this country signed up to in 1951. That claim has to be duly considered by the courts, whether...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I certainly will not take strictures from the former Home Secretary, whom I regard as the one person in the House who is not equipped to make comment on these issues. I will not comment on the allegations made by my hon. Friend, although I am aware of them and understand the force with which he makes them.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, I cannot.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I cannot give my hon. Friend the number to which he refers, but I can say that he is right: there are individuals who go back over a long period in precisely the way that he describes.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I have already dealt with the substance of the question, but let me make a specific point. Yes, I have frequently discussed with the Prime Minister the question of the operation of the European convention on human rights, and the fact that it impacts in a number of different ways. As far as I know, the Opposition still believe that we should be signed up to the convention, but if I am wrong...

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am getting on with it, and I am trying to do so in such a way that even the hon. Gentleman may be able to understand.

Deportation and Removals ( 3 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: Yes, I am patronising. The fact is that that issue remains a central one, at the core of the whole discussion. I appeal to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) and the spokespeople for the other Opposition parties to address the matter honestly in that discussion, on the basis of the presumption that criminals should be deported.

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Prevention of Terrorism Act ( 2 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: In accordance with section 14(3) and 14(5) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC prepared a report on the operation of the Act in 2005, which I laid before the House on 2 February 2006. I am grateful to Lord Carlile for his detailed report and I have given close consideration to his recommendations. Following consultation within my Department and with other...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Websites (27 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: As of 21 April 2006, the Home Office operates 40 websites. The core Home Office website also has a number of sub-domains, such as police.homeoffice.gov.uk, which act as portal sites for practitioners around policy issues. After a major redevelopment in September 2005, which brought nine separate websites under the main Home Office domain, a plan is under way to consolidate all of our sites...

Written Answers — Home Department: Grievance Procedures (27 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The following table provides the available information about the number of grievances raised within the Department in the last three years. Number of grievances Home Office (excluding immigration and nationality directorate) 2004 (6)— 2005 (6)— 2006 (7)4 Immigration and nationality directorate 2004 (6)— 2005 101 2006 (7)12 Her Majesty's Prison...

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: rose—

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: With permission, I would like to make a statement on deportation and removal of foreign nationals. As I said in my written statement to the House yesterday, to the best of my knowledge, between February 1999 and March 2006 1,023 foreign national criminals, who should have been considered for deportation or removal, completed their prison sentences and were released without the appropriate...

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I think that there are three points that I want to make. [Hon. Members: "Resign!"] I am terribly sorry to disappoint Opposition Members— [Interruption.]

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: First, it is absolutely untrue that the Government neglect public safety. Public safety is rightly the first priority of any Government. It is true—this is the second point—that there have been the failures that I set out in the statement to the House today, including failures in the relationship between the Prison Service and the immigration and nationality directorate that have led to...

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do apologise; I have apologised; and I continue to do so. It is not right that this should be the state of affairs, but I will produce the information, as I said in my statement, in the form that the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden requests, when I have it in every respect—I will not do it partially. The third point that I want to make in response to what the right hon....

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I think that there are two points here. First, on the various aspects of information that the hon. Gentleman asked me to provide, I simply refer him to what I said in the statement and in answer to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden. The hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Clegg) is entitled to ask those questions, and I will give the answers, but I will do so in the time...

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I completely agree with him about the extent of the systemic issues to which he referred. He is also right to say that those failures lead to personal tragedies of the most appalling kind—of the kind that he has raised previously. That is why I take so seriously the responsibility for getting the systems working in the right way.


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