This is an emotive topic and rightly so. I put my supplementary question to Baroness Neville-Jones because both the Liberal democrats and the Conservatives were promising to stop this practice before the election. In fact it is very difficult unless you are prepared to take children into care when they are abandoned here by the parents.
I can’t remember the exact figures but when I was the MP in Hammersmith we had over 100 children in schools that had been abandoned here or sent here as unaccompanied refugees. We tend to underestimate how important education is seen in developing countries – especially an education in the UK.
So we either allow anyone who has lost a legal appeal to stay in the UK or we deport and prior to that deportation taking place we hold them in a secure setting. (Note Jeff Rooker’s comments on this in the same question.)