HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 cc124-5W
Mr. Keith Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the police or immigration enforcement officers have the power to prevent the serving of Home Office deportation orders on illegal immigrants. [19665]

Mr. Kirkhope

There may be circumstances in which it is decided not to pursue service of a deportation order, but all such cases would need to be authorised at a senior level in the deportation section of the immigration and nationality directorate.

Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he gives to the postponement of deportation in circumstances in which absence of the deportee would place a temporary, but significant, additional burden on voluntary or statutory community care services. [19082]

Mr. Kirkhope

There is no provision under the immigration rules for people who are subject to deportation action to remain here on the basis that they are providing care which would otherwise be provided by voluntary or statutory services. However, in all cases where consideration is being given to whether deportation should proceed, any compassionate circumstances are balanced against the public interest in maintaining an effective immigration control.

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