Results 121–140 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

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

Charles Clarke: I am absolutely ready to do that. I will follow through my hon. Friend's suggestion and I thank him for his remarks. I have tried to prioritise the more recent and more serious cases, for reasons that he will understand. However, the implicit message of his comments—that a system was not in place and records were started only in 1999—is true. It is also true that the scale of the issue is...

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

Charles Clarke: The hon. Gentleman is a distinguished parliamentarian. Though there are failings in the Home Office, which we have reported and which are set out, it is important to say to him as a distinguished parliamentarian that the way that Parliament operates, with the Public Accounts Committee bringing Government to account for their conduct of affairs, as in the present case, is a credit to our...

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

Charles Clarke: My hon. Friend is right to describe the situation in that way. As he knows, the length of sentences has, on average, been increasing over the years because the attitude of courts towards some offences has changed. The issue is the one that he knows about and which I have sought to identify: the relationship between the prison service, IND and the courts, to ensure that all the information is...

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

Charles Clarke: The hon. Gentleman has not quite got it straight. The 288 cases, of which 83 have been started, 53 completed and 14 resulted in deportation, are not the most serious cases. They are the cases over a particular period, so there is no relationship with seriousness. The people in the 83 cases that I mentioned have all been identified and each case has been considered carefully in its own...

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

Charles Clarke: The instruction has been issued that all such assessments should take place before the end of the sentence and release time. The effect is to achieve what the hon. Gentleman set out.

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

Charles Clarke: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I cannot give that commitment under EU law. What I can tell him, which may interest him, is that there are about 1,000 more prisoners from other EU states in our prisons than there are UK citizens in EU prisons, if I may put it like that. That imbalance is correct. That is why we have argued in the EU, with the support of the current Austrian presidency, for a...

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

Charles Clarke: I am considering doing that to strengthen the system. Unfortunately, it is not only my hon. Friend's constituents who express their concern. I am acutely aware that it is my responsibility to ensure that everyone in the country can have confidence in the robustness of the system.

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

Charles Clarke: The key fact is that between February 1999 and March 2006 1,000 people who should have been considered for deportation were not considered for deportation, and the issue concerns how that happened and how to put it right. That is the question that I have considered; that is the question that the Prime Minister and I discussed yesterday; and that is what I am determined to put right.

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

Charles Clarke: The resources that we have allocated are adequate for that process at this time. If I reach a different view, I will allocate the appropriate resources, because the matter is such a high priority. It is true that both the immigration and nationality directorate and the Prison Service are always under pressure for resources, because they deal with some of the most difficult people in the...

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

Charles Clarke: As the hon. Gentleman has said, the Court of Appeal judgment on Zimbabwe went the Government's way. The matter has now been returned to the asylum and immigration tribunal for consideration, which will take place as quickly as possible, but I would be surprised if a decision were made in less than a couple of months, given the way in which legal processes work. Once we have clarified the...

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

Charles Clarke: I assure the hon. Lady that precisely the same procedures on the sex offenders register applied to the foreign nationals whom she has described as apply to anybody who commits a sex offence.

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

Charles Clarke: I was. That phrase has been taken up by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis), the Leader of the Opposition and such distinguished interrogators as Mr. James Naughtie on the "Today" programme. Perhaps my use of language was infelicitous, but I was thinking of the thousands who were successfully deported over that time and the large number of people whom we are...

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

Charles Clarke: I do not believe that I am in contempt of court. As the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) will confirm, Home Secretaries often risk being in contempt of court and many judgments are made about the Home Secretary of the day, but I do not think that I am in contempt of court in this case.

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

Charles Clarke: I have given the reason a number of times. I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was present earlier.

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

Charles Clarke: In that case, may I courteously suggest through you, Mr. Speaker, that he opens his ears?

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

Charles Clarke: As I have said, I have taken responsibility for the matter not for 24 hours, but for the whole time that I have been Home Secretary. The issue involves getting it right, which is what I intend to do.

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

Charles Clarke: I have dealt with that matter as fully as I intend to.

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

Charles Clarke: No.

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Justice and Home Affairs Council (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Justice and Home Affairs Council will be held on 27– 28 April 2006 in Luxembourg. I shall be attending the meeting with my noble and learned Friend, the Attorney-General, and my noble Friend Baroness Ashton will also be attending. I thought it would be useful if I were to outline the main issues I expect to be discussed at this Council meeting. While I would normally have made this...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Deportation and Removal of Foreign Nationals (25 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I have today written to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to inform them that, 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 any consideration of deportation or removal action. This is deeply regrettable and I...


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