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Prisoners Transfers: Jamaica

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to lay before Parliament the agreement between the UK and Jamaica on the transfer of Jamaican prisoners; and what estimate he has made of the average cost of repatriating a Jamaican prisoner. (190324)

The United Kingdom and Jamaica signed a limited prisoner transfer agreement on 26 June 2007. This is the first prisoner transfer agreement to be entered into by the Jamaican Government, and changes must be made to Jamaican law before the agreement can enter into force. Once these changes have been made, the agreement will be laid before Parliament in the normal way.

No assessment of the average cost of repatriating a Jamaican prisoner to Jamaica has been made. However, any cost involved will be offset against savings in prison places and the cost to the prison service of the continued detention of a prisoner in the United Kingdom.