Results 101–120 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

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

Charles Clarke: I begin by paying tribute to my parliamentary neighbour, the hon. Member for South Norfolk (Mr. Bacon), for the way in which he has conducted himself on the Public Accounts Committee. As I said to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday, although there are many criticisms to be made of the way in which the Home Office has operated in this respect, the fact that the PAC has...

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

Charles Clarke: I agree completely with my right hon. Friend and his implicit criticism. That is why I have, as Home Secretary, tried to carry out the kind of reform that he describes. In saying that, I want to point out that this issue is about not the integrity or commitment of people who work for the Home Office, but how to organise ourselves in the most effective way. The issue has highlighted both that...

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

Charles Clarke: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is probably the only Member of the House from whom I would not accept that stricture. As Home Secretary he had a long record of evading responsibility, as the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) pointed out so powerfully at the time. For example, the right hon. and learned Gentleman's responsibilities on category A escapes...

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

Charles Clarke: I can give my hon. Friend the assurance that I will look immediately into the case and answer her directly.

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

Charles Clarke: I cannot give the hon. Gentleman the full information that he requests. I understand that there are fewer than 50 foreign nationals in prisons in Northern Ireland, for a range of offences, but I will write to him with the information that he wants.

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

Charles Clarke: I agree with quite a lot of that. Since I have been Home Secretary I have tried to organise the Home Office into three essential pillars—the first dealing with policing and counter-terrorism, the second dealing with offender management and the issues about which we are talking, and the third dealing with immigration, asylum and identity—and to have a reform programme in each to try to...

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

Charles Clarke: As I said, we are proceeding on that. I have given figures on where we are, and I said that I would report further. I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman would agree that if an identity card system had been in place, it would have been easier to move more quickly—[Interruption.]

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

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is quite right, in that I am sure that his constituents and everyone want the situation to be addressed effectively and quickly. I said in my statement that I would report further on progress regarding the most dangerous individuals concerned by the end of the week. As for the consideration of positions, I have considered my position—and I have decided that my position must...

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

Charles Clarke: I repeat to the hon. Gentleman what I said to his colleague on the Committee: the PAC has conducted itself entirely correctly. I give him an absolute assurance that there was no attempt by the former permanent secretary, who I think will be in front of the Committee this afternoon, to withhold information from the Committee. The Committee's inquiry revealed the inadequacy of our procedures,...

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

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend has put her finger on the problem. It is important to make those decisions while people are still serving their sentence so that they can be executed before they leave prison. [Interruption.] I do not mean executed literally—the decisions should be executed before those people leave prison. That is precisely the policy that we have now put in place, and we are carrying it out...

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

Charles Clarke: I do not have information about Scotland to hand but, as I told the hon. Member for Belfast, East (Mr. Robinson), I will write to the hon. Gentleman with that information as soon as possible.

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

Charles Clarke: As it happens, my hon. Friend will be shocked to hear that I agree with him on his second point. He is quite right, and I am confident that wisdom will spread across the House on those matters. As for his first point, I am extremely grateful for his support. Yes, I believe that I should sort this out, and that is what I am going to do.

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

Charles Clarke: I think that I have dealt with every single one of those points, so I will not repeat myself.

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

Charles Clarke: No.

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

Charles Clarke: I agree with my hon. Friend. One of my regrets is that this whole business obscures the fact that the IND has made substantial improvements in recent years by, for example, achieving the tipping point. The improvements to which she referred are the result of a deliberate effort to change the relationship between the IND, Members of Parliament and others. I do not wish to hide the failure that...

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

Charles Clarke: I am sorry, but I must give the right hon. Gentleman the same answer that I gave his right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis). I will publish all the information when I am in a position to do so.

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

Charles Clarke: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who is right. As a matter of practical politics, I generally do not think that it is very helpful to refer to things that happened more than eight or nine years ago, as people can legitimately say that we have been in government since 1997. However, the one person I would exclude from that is the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr....

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

Charles Clarke: There is a misunderstanding that I must clear up. When sentencing takes place, the judge recommends in such cases that consideration be given to deportation. He does not recommend that the individual be deported, but that consideration be given to deportation. That recommendation should have been looked at. That was not done correctly, but it will be done correctly and carried out properly....

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

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is right about public confidence. That is my single biggest concern in the whole matter. That is why I feel it is my duty to try to achieve public confidence. I shall not speak about individual cases, including the one that he mentions, but I agree that bringing people to justice in the right way must be at the core of our approach.

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

Charles Clarke: I accept that responsibility. Perhaps I should take the opportunity to make it clear that the comments about a case in Stockton, which the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell), the leader of the Liberal Democrats made during Prime Minister's questions, were not correct. The individual in that case is in prison, pending a decision whether to deport him. He...


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