254. Exceptions to automatic deportation.

The following provisions1 create a number of exceptions to the requirement for automatic deportation of foreign criminals2 and preserve existing exemptions from deportation3.

Exception 1 is where removal of the foreign criminal4 in pursuance of the deportation order5 would breach a person's Convention rights6, or the United Kingdom's obligations under the Refugee Convention7.

Exception 2 is where the Secretary of State thinks that the foreign criminal was under the age of 18 on the date of conviction8.

Exception 3 is where the removal of the foreign criminal from the United Kingdom in pursuance of a deportation order would breach rights of the