HC Deb 28 January 1998 vol 305 cc277-8W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute an inquiry into the leak to a journalist of explicit details of some of the targets of police raids on 21 November 1997 initiated by the Paedophile Unit of the Metropolitan Police. [25776]

Mr. Michael

This is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. He tells me that a full investigation is going on. Wiltshire Constabulary tell me it has also conducted its own internal inquiry into this matter. As I understand it from the Commissioner, the role of the Metropolitan Police was to

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The available information is given in the table.

I regret that comprehensive data on the final destination of those Algerian asylum seekers removed from the United Kingdom since 1990 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, a recent exercise indicated that, of the 68 Algerian asylum seekers who were removed (or departed voluntarily) between 1 July and 31 December 1997, 13 were removed to Algeria and a further five were recorded as having made a voluntary departure to that country. Many of the others have been removed, or have made voluntary departures, to safe third countries. These data are provisional and exclude any in-country applicants who make a voluntary departure prior to the initiation of enforcement action.