Offenders: Deportation

Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on deportation: offenders, what further progress has been made on prisoner transfer agreements.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Since responding to the question on 2 April 2008, Hansard, column 1061W, we have continued to look for opportunities to develop agreements with countries for the return of their nationals. I recently visited Nigeria as part of continuing negotiations on a bilateral agreement. The agreement with Pakistan was signed on 24 August 2007 and will enter into force immediately instruments of ratification have been exchanged. We expect that this agreement will come into force during the summer. Signature of the agreement with Vietnam is also expected shortly. Negotiations with Ghana continue.

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