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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months have a court recommendation for deportation. (174904)

The following table shows the number of defendants for whom a judicial recommendation for deportation was issued at their trial or sentence hearing in the Crown court in England and Wales. This covers the last five calendar years for which data are available.

Defendants with judicial recommendations for deportation in the Crown court 2002-06

Number

2002

1,073

2003

889

2004

935

2005

1,439

2006

1,882

Of the 1,882 defendants issued with a judicial recommendation for deportation in the Crown court in 2006, 1,422 were sentenced to at least 12 months imprisonment. Therefore 24 per cent. (460) of those recommended for deportation in the Crown court in 2006 were sentenced to less than 12 months or given a non-custodial sentence.

The above figures include defendants who were tried in the Crown court, as well as those who were committed for sentencing by the Crown court following summary trial in a magistrates court. Separately, there were a further 18 recommendations for deportation made in cases disposed of in the magistrates courts in 2006. However, the maximum possible custodial sentence that can be handed down in the magistrates courts is six months.