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Sexual Offences: Foreigners

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were (a) arrested and (b) convicted of sex-related crimes in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total number of those (i) arrested and (ii) convicted of such crimes foreign nationals represented. (201350)

The total number of persons arrested for sexual offences during the financial year 2007-08 in Northern Ireland was 855,110 (13 per cent.) of which were foreign nationals.

Of the 161 persons convicted for sexual offences during the calendar year 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), six (4 per cent.) were foreign nationals.

Conviction data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible routinely to reconcile arrest data from PSNI with conviction data as PSNI data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts.