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British Nationals: Overseas Detention

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals (a) are serving life sentences and (b) have been sentenced to death and are imprisoned in prisons overseas. (181709)

As at 31 December 2007, British consular officials were aware of 2,419 British nationals detained overseas. We do not compile separate statistics on those detainees serving life sentences. We provide the same consular assistance regardless of sentence.

We are currently aware of 10 British nationals abroad who have been sentenced to death. A further eight British nationals have been charged with offences that may carry the death penalty.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are currently in prison overseas; and what estimated proportion of these cases relate to (a) violent crime and (b) drugs offences. (181710)

As at 31 December 2007, British consular officials were aware of 2,419 British nationals detained overseas. We do not keep statistics on the numbers of British nationals detained for violent crime.

We do, however, keep statistics for those detained on drug offences. Of the total number of British nationals currently detained abroad, 40 per cent. are for drugs related offences.