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Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Irish and (b) other foreign EEA nationals are serving sentences of imprisonment for murder in prisons in England and Wales. (182310)

At the end of September 2007 there were 100 prisoners held in all prison establishments in England and Wales from countries within the European Economic Area who were serving sentences for murder, of which 50 were from the Republic of Ireland (the EEA is all EU countries, plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland).

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. Therefore, the figures are rounded to the nearest 10.