HC Deb 03 July 1997 vol 297 c240W
Mr. Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take to ensure that(a) illegal immigrants and (b) overstayers in the United Kingdom who have children born and raised in the United Kingdom are not separated from their families by being deported. [5464]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The existence of children is always taken into account when considering whether a person should be deported or removed as an illegal entrant. Where, in the light of all the circumstances of the case, it is decided to proceed with deportation or removal, it is our practice to offer to meet the costs of departure for any dependants who wish to accompany the person abroad.

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