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Prisoners: Iran

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many Iranian nationals were detained in UK prisons (a) on remand and (b) as serving prisoners in each of the last five years. (140162)

The requested figures are in the following table.

Iranian national prisoners held within prison establishments in England and Wales, 2002 to 2006

As at 30 June each year

Non-criminal or fine defaulter

Untried or convicted unsentenced

Sentenced

Total

2002

10

18

31

59

2003

10

16

50

76

2004

17

19

45

81

2005

27

28

73

128

2006

27

48

97

172

Note:

Non-criminal prisoners would include those held in contempt of courts and those held under the 1971 Immigration Act.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.