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Foreign National Prisoners

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 104W, on foreign national prisoners, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) time which would be required to cross-reference the electronic records held by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the offences committed by the foreign nationals released from HMP Peterborough in the last 12 months to 31 March 2007 with the prisoner discharge records held manually at HMP Peterborough; and if he will make a statement. (128211)

As I previously outlined in my answers to the hon. Gentleman, the requested information on the offences committed by foreign nationals released from HMP Peterborough in the last 12 months to 31 March 2006 could be obtained only by exceeding the £600 cost limit for answering parliamentary questions.