Offenders: Deportation

Home Office written question – answered on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to restrict the power of the courts to order convicted criminals awaiting deportation to relocate within the UK.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Immigration Act 1971 provides the First Tier Tribunal, or an immigration officer, with the power to release a person on bail pending removal. The conditions attached to bail can include a requirement that the person be relocated.

We would not wish to seek to place a statutory limit on the ability of the Tribunal to make relocation a condition of bail, as it would reduce the ability of the Tribunal to manage the bail process effectively.

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