Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)
    487 c1110
    Lilley, Peter
    Topical Questions
    Although far too many people are allowed to come and settle in this country, the vast majority of those who do are decent, law-abiding people, so does it not sully their reputation and undermine community relations when the Government allow to stay in this country people who have been convicted of crimes in absentia in their home countries-crimes as serious as murder-just because that conviction was in absentia? I understand that legal action would be required to override a very dubious court ruling to prevent that practice. What does the Home Secretary propose to do to change the law?
    Home Office
    Woolas, Phil