HC Deb 31 October 1906 vol 163 cc1106-7

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Homo Department whether he can state how many persons recommended for expulsion from this country have not had deportation orders made against them; what were the offences for which their expulsion was recommended by the Courts; what was the nationality of such persons; and what were the reasons in each case for ignoring the recommendations of the convicting tribunals?


In nineteen cases out of the 235 recommendations which have up to the present time become ripe for my decision, orders have not been made. In three of those no orders were necessary, as the aliens were removed from the United Kingdom by their own Consul, at his special request. In four others, the recommendations were made by Courts which had no jurisdiction to make them, and I was precluded therefore from acting on them. In the remaining twelve, I decided, after full consideration of all the circumstances, not to make expulsion orders. The offences involved in the twelve cases were:—eight larcency and receiving, two soliciting, one drunk and disorderly, and one begging. The nationalities were:—six Russian, and one each of French, German, Spanish, Austrian, Roumanian, Swedish. I may add that one of these twelve aliens abused his opportunity, rendered himself again liable to expulsion, and was expelled. I do not think it desirable to enter into the grounds upon which, in the exercise of the discretion given me by Statute, I came to these decisions: but I may say that they included such considerations as the length of time the alien had been in this country, the dependence on him or her of a family mostly British-born, the fact that it was a first offence, an undertaking by a Consul to look after the alien, etc.