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Offenders: Foreigners

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of foreign nationals likely to serve custodial sentences in England and Wales in each year to 2014. (178712)

No separate prison population projection for foreign nationals has been made. The latest published prison population projections were published in August 2007 (“Prison population projections 2007-2014 England and Wales”, N de Silva, et al., Ministry of Justice, 2007). A copy is available in the Library of the House. In September there were 11,211 foreign national prisoners in prison in England and Wales, 14 per cent. of the total. According to the Council of Europe this is the second lowest proportion of any major western European nation, and compared with 21 per cent. France, 28 per cent. Germany, 42 per cent. Greece, 34 per cent. Italy and 43 per cent. Austria.