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Foreign Prisoner Releases

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 28 November 2006, on foreign prisoner releases, when he will provide the number of foreign prisoner releases from HMP Peterborough in the 12 months to 31 March 2006; and if he will make a statement. (110058)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: Local prison records show that 55 foreign national prisoners (rounded to the nearest five) were released from HMP Peterborough in the 12 months leading to 31 March 2006. This figure may include deportations, transfers to other prisons across the prison estate and to IND removal centres.

These figures have been drawn from the prisons administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.