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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were held in UK prisons on 30 December 2006, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) offence. (124804)

[holding answer 2 March 2007]: Information on the numbers of foreign national prisoners detained in prison establishments in England and Wales on 31 December 2006 by (a) nationality (all detained prisoners) and (b) offence group by nationality (prisoners under immediate custodial sentence) can be found in the following tables.

These figures have been drawn from administrative data 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.

Table A: Population in prison by nationality and sex England and Wales 31 December 2006

Nationality

Male

Female

Total

All nationalities

74,236

4,293

78,529

UK nationals

63,157

3,283

66,440

Foreign nationals

10,279

915

11,195

Not recorded

800

95

894

Total Africa

2,840

357

3,197

Angola

81

2

83

Burundi

8

3

12

Dahomey (Benin)

7

7

Botswana

2

2

Ivory Coast

33

1

34

Central African Republic

8

1

9

Congo

113

7

120

Cameroon, United Republic

45

4

49

Cape Verde

2

2

Algeria

210

1

211

Egypt

14

1

15

Ethiopia

65

4

69

Ghana

179

31

210

Gambia

40

1

41

Guinea

13

13

Equatorial Guinea

1

1

Guinea/Bissau

1

1

Kenya

56

4

60

Liberia

24

4

28

Libya

25

25

Morocco

49

1

50

Mali

1

1

Mauritania

3

3

Mauritius

22

1

23

Malawi

13

1

14

Mozambique

3

3

Namibia

2

1

3

Niger

5

5

Nigeria

874

193

1,067

Rwanda

15

3

18

Seychelles

3

3

Sudan

55

1

56

St. Helena

1

1

Sierre Leone

84

7

91

Senegal

9

9

Somalia

309

12

321

Chad

2

2

Togo

9

4

13

Tunisia

18

18

Tanzania

15

1

16

Uganda

85

6

91

Western Sahara

1

1

South Africa

143

35

178

Zambia

15

1

16

Congo, Democratic Republic

35

1

36

Zimbabwe

139

24

164

Total Asia

1,643

95

1,739

Bangladesh

168

1

169

Burma

2

2

China

232

24

256

Hong Kong

6

6

Indonesia

4

4

India

269

7

276

British India Ocean Territories

1

1

Cambodia

1

1

Korea Republic of (Sth)

4

4

Sri Lanka

157

4

161

Mongolia

8

8

Maldives

1

1

Malaysia

23

1

24

Nepal

1

1

Philippines

12

12

24

Pakistan

447

8

455

Singapore

4

4

Thailand

2

7

9

East Timor (Portuguese)

1

1

Vietnam

300

33

332

Total central and South America

324

46

371

Argentina

2

1

3

Bolivia

5

1

6

Brazil

59

14

73

Belize

2

2

Chile

14

1

15

Columbia

112

9

121

Costa Rica

3

3

Ecuador

18

18

French Guyana

4

4

Guatemala

5

5

Guyana

33

8

41

Honduras

1

1

Mexico

15

2

17

Panama

2

1

3

Peru

5

5

Paraguay

1

1

Surinam

6

1

7

El Salvador

1

1

2

Uruguay

3

3

Venezuela

33

8

41

Total Europe

2,966

223

3,189

Albania

148

1

149

Armenia

3

3

Austria

9

3

12

Azerbijan

4

4

Bosnia-Hercegovina

6

3

9

Belgium

34

5

39

Bulgaria

9

9

Croatia

9

1

10

Switzerland

4

4

Czech Republic

35

2

37

Cyprus

58

2

60

Germany

123

16

139

Denmark

8

2

10

Estonia

15

2

17

Spain

68

11

79

Finland

2

2

France

157

13

170

Georgia

14

1

15

Gibraltar

3

3

Greece

14

4

18

Hungary

21

2

22

Irish Republic

640

42

682

Italy

105

9

113

Kazakhstan

3

3

Kyrgystan

5

5

Lithuania

176

18

194

Latvia

46

1

47

Moldova

44

2

46

Macedonia

4

1

5

Serbia and Montenegro

106

1

107

Malta

7

7

Netherlands

125

29

154

Norway

5

5

Poland

265

13

278

Portugal

173

7

180

Romania

105

11

116

Sweden

12

6

18

Slovakia

20

2

22

Slovenia

6

1

7

Russia

104

13

117

Turkey

265

1

266

Uzbekistan

3

3

Total Middle East

706

4

710

United Arab Emirates

9

9

Afghanistan

108

108

Bahrain

2

2

Iran

209

2

211

Israel

27

27

Iraq

280

280

Jordan

12

12

Kuwait

13

13

Lebanon

22

1

23

Oman

1

1

Saudi Arabia

9

1

10

Syrian Arab Republic

6

6

Yemen, Republic of

7

7

Total North America

104

21

125

Canada

19

6

26

United States of America

84

15

99

Total Oceania

39

6

45

Australia

20

4

24

Fiji

10

10

French Southern Territories

1

1

Johnston Island

1

1

Kiribati

1

1

New Zealand

4

2

6

Papua New Guinea

1

1

Total other

10

10

Total unrecorded

800

95

894

West Indies

1,647

162

1,809

Aruba

1

1

Anguilla

1

1

Netherlands Antilles

22

6

28

Barbados

29

2

31

Bermuda

6

1

7

Bahamas

5

5

Cuba

1

1

Dominica

7

7

Dominican Republic

7

3

10

Grenada

21

4

25

Haiti

2

2

Jamaica

1,414

110

1,524

St. Lucia

25

6

31

Montserrat

14

14

St. Christopher and Nevis

1

1

St. Kitts and Nevis

3

3

Trinidad and Tobago

75

26

101

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

13

4

17

Table B: Prison population1 within England and Wales at 31 December 2006 by nationality and offence group

Foreign national prisoners

Not recorded

UK national

Total

Offence group

7,407

153

56,268

63,828

Violence against the person

1,326

39

15,507

16,872

Sexual offences

752

14

6,228

6,994

Robbery

597

10

7,915

8,522

Burglary

246

16

7,678

7,940

Theft and handling

262

9

3,258

3,529

Fraud and forgery

883

18

838

1,739

Drug offences

2,621

25

8,034

10,680

Motoring offences

121

8

1,389

1,518

Other offences

574

13

5,102

5,690

Offence not recorded

24

2

319

345

1 Prison population under immediate custodial sentence shown