Immigration Controls

Home Department written question – answered on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have been prevented from entering the UK on grounds of (a) national security, (b) unacceptable behaviour, (c) public order and (d) serious criminality since July 2005.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

A decision to prevent entry to the UK may be made at the entry clearance application stage, or when a person arrives at the port of entry. Additionally, prevention of entry on grounds of criminality may include foreign national prisoners who have either been deported from, or removed and subsequently excluded from, the United Kingdom.

There are no centrally held records that encompass the total number of foreign nationals who have been prevented from entering the UK, but I can confirm that since July 2005 the Home Secretary has excluded 163 individuals from the UK on the grounds of national security and 106 individuals on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour.

I can also confirm that 2,852 individuals were refused entry at the UK border on non-conducive grounds between 2005 and 2008. Figures for 2009 will not be published until the end of year.

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