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Asylum protocol ignored - claim
Azaddine Benai
Azaddine Benai fled from immigration officials
A protocol between the UK and Scottish governments over the removal of failed asylum seekers appears to have been disregarded, an MSP has claimed.

Glasgow Labour MSP Bill Butler spoke out in Holyrood after the removal of members of the Algerian Benai family.

He demanded that the first minister discover why the agreement seems "to have been completely ignored".

Jack McConnell said he would await a report on the case and pledged to get to the bottom of what happened.

The Benai family's 11-year-old son Ousama is a pupil at a primary school in Mr Butler's Glasgow Anniesland constituency.

He will be deported on Friday along with his mother and two-year-old sister.

His father Azaddine escaped and said he would be killed if he returned home.

The one area in which there does not appear to have been sufficient progress, in my view, is in the appointment of a lead social services official at a local level
Jack McConnell
First Minister

An agreement was reached between the Home Office and the executive on improvements to the way failed asylum seekers with families would be treated.

The protocol stated a named professional from an education or social services background would act as a liaison officer in such cases.

Mr Butler urged Mr McConnell to "use his influence to ensure that the terms of the agreement regarding health, social work and education input are strictly adhered to in the future".

Mr McConnell said the Scottish Executive would need a report on the case before deciding if it was appropriate for ministers to make representations to the Home Office.

He said: "The one area in which there does not appear to have been sufficient progress, in my view, is in the appointment of a lead social services official at a local level."

Scottish National Party MSP Christine Grahame said: "I'm absolutely shocked this happened to young children in Scotland in the year 2006 after all that has been said in this parliament. It must change without delay."


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