Written statement to Parliament

Independent review of the deportation with assurances (DWA) policy

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May):

Deportation with assurances enables us to deport foreign nationals suspected of terrorism in compliance with our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Convention on Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Mr David Anderson QC, has accepted my invitation to undertake a review of our deportation with assurances policy. He will review the framework of the UK’s deportation with assurances policy and make recommendations on how the policy might be strengthened or improved, with particular emphasis on its legal aspects. The principle of DWA has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. To avoid duplicating or prejudicing the work of the courts, the review will not consider the merits of individual cases. Copies of the terms of reference for the review are available in the Vote Office.

When completed David Anderson’s report will be laid before the House and copies will be available in the Vote Office. Following consultation with other relevant departments and agencies, I will publish the Government’s response as a Command Paper in due course and this will be made available in the Vote Office.

Published 21 November 2013