Foreign Prisoners (Deportation)

Home Department written question – answered on 21st November 2005.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to deport foreign convicted criminals held in British prisons; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

The Prison Service notifies the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of all prisoners identified as foreign nationals so as to enable consideration of their liability for deportation in accordance with the immigration rules. Foreign national prisoners may be released for deportation when they have served the requisite portion of their sentence (as for any prisoner) or up to 135 days early in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Prisoners notified of a decision to make a deportation order have a right of appeal against the decision before the order is signed and the prisoner removed.

We are looking to ensure that foreign national prisoners liable to deportation are removed promptly.

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