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House of Lords written question – answered on 30th October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Willoughby de Broke Lord Willoughby de Broke UKIP

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Prime Minister's statement at the Labour Party conference that "any newcomer to Britain who is caught selling drugs or using guns will be thrown out" will apply to citizens of European Union member states.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

I shall write to the noble Lord. Click here to view the related document.

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David Wright
Posted on 31 Oct 2007 1:38 pm (Report this annotation)

It would be interesting to know whether this sanction has even been used and, if so, the nationality of the person(s) "thrown out" - and just what he, she or they has/have been thrown out of, ie the country, their home, court, etc.

David Wright
Posted on 31 Oct 2007 1:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Are the guns referred to only those used illegally, or does the sanction refer also to those used lawfully, eg shooting with the Royal Family on a private estate?

Why is it necessary to wait until the guns are actually used rather than merely being possessed?

How new must the "newcomer" be to be considered new, eg would the Duke of Edinburgh qualify as he has been living in the country for less time than I have?

Is it possible to require politicians to think before they speak rather than mouthing headline attracting sound-bites about policies which they have no intention of implementing?

David Wright
Posted on 31 Oct 2007 1:56 pm (Report this annotation)

It would be interesting to know the contents of the written reply if it is ever sent. Maybe Lord Willoughby de Broke would be gracious enough to get it into the Hansard record by some means, eg a supplementary question.