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Foreign National Prisoners

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 106W, on foreign national prisoners, on how many of the foreign prisoners released from HMP Peterborough in the 12 months to 31 March 2006 who were eligible for deportation, the immigration and nationality directorate keeps electronic records; and if he will make a statement; (125273)

(2) what estimate he has made of the cost of providing information on offences committed by foreign national prisoners discharged from HMP Peterborough in the 12 months to 31 March 2006; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answers 5 March 2007]: The immigration and nationality directorate holds electronic records of all foreign national prisoners who have been notified to IND for consideration of deportation. However, historic data are drawn from a number of manual and electronic sources.

Prisons keep records of foreign nationals released from or transferred across the prison estate. This record does not record the offences committed by individual prisoners. Manually identifying and cross- referencing IND and prison records to provide information on the foreign national prisoners released from HMP Peterborough could be done only at disproportionate cost.

The Home Secretary has identified that there is no unique identifier to link individuals who come into contact with the asylum and immigration and criminal justice systems. We have therefore commenced development of a comprehensive approach to identity management across all Home Office areas.