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Prison Transfers

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many petitions for transfer from a gaol in England and Wales to a gaol in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland are currently outstanding;(2) how many petitions for transfer from gaols in England and Wales to gaols in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland have been received in the last 10 years; and how many have been successful;(3) how many prisoners who are serving a prison sentence in England and Wales have been transferred following a petition, to a gaol in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the last 10 years.

The table gives the numbers of petitions that have been received for permanent transfer under section 26(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1961 from prisons in England and Wales to prisons in Northern Ireland, and the number granted, in each year since 1980.

YearPetitionsTransfers
1980101
19817
19827
1983203
1984121
1985264
1986252
1987313
19886210
19895517
There are 15 petitions for permanent transfer to Northern Ireland to which a final reply has not yet been given; and three prisoners whose transfers have been agreed are currently awaiting transfer.Transfers of prisoners are not possible between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland as, although the Republic of Ireland has signed the Council of Europe convention on the transfer of sentenced persons, it has not yet ratified it. The United Kingdom ratified the convention in 1985.