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Prisoners: Repatriation

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average cost of repatriating foreign prisoners held in UK prisons in the last 12 months, broken down by country of origin. (192693)

In 2007, foreign prisoners held in England an Wales were repatriated under prisoner transfer agreements to the following countries to continue serving their sentence:

Number

Belgium

10

Cyprus

2

Dutch Antilles

5

France

3

Germany

2

Ireland

5

Italy

1

Lithuania

1

Norway

2

The Netherlands

75

Poland

1

Spain

2

Switzerland

1

Turkey

1

In each case the flight and escort cost of transferring the prisoner from the United Kingdom to the receiving state was met by that state.

The repatriation of prisoners from Scotland is a matter for Scottish Ministers and the repatriation of prisoners from Northern Ireland is a matter for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.