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Prisoners

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who are currently serving a prison sentence in England and Wales originally emanated from (a) Northern Ireland or (b) the Republic of Ireland.

According to the records held centrally, on 30 September 1989, about 320 sentenced prisoners in prison service establishments in England and Wales who were citizens of the United Kingdom or whose citizenship was unknown were known to have been born in Northern Ireland.The recording of nationality in the records held currently for citizens of the Republic of Ireland is not completely reliable because it depends upon information provided by the prisoner. On 30 September, about 460 sentenced prisoners in establishments in England and Wales were recorded as citizens of or born in the Republic of Ireland.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who are serving a sentence in England and Wales have petitioned for transfer to gaol in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland on more than (a) two occasions, (b) four occasions, (c) six occasions, (d) eight occasions or (e) 10 occasions.

This information is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.