HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 c807W
Mr. Gale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to secure a bilateral agreement with the French Government to permit the immediate return of cross-Channel illegal immigrants to France. [57601]

Beverley Hughes

[holding answer 21 May 2002]: A bilateral agreement for the return of illegal immigrants who do not claim asylum is already in place between the United Kingdom and France. Nearly 6,000 illegal immigrants are returned each year under this agreement.