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Offenders: Deportation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were (a) released from prison and (b) removed from the UK in each of the last five years. (202234)

The following table shows the number of adult and young adult foreign national discharges from determinate sentences on completion of sentence in each year between 2003 and 2007 from all prison establishments in England and Wales. Information on the numbers released from Scottish and Northern Irish prisons is the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and the Northern Irish Prison Service. Data have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Foreign national discharges from prison (England and Wales)

Number

2003

6,200

2004

6,500

2005

7,900

2006

7,300

2007

7,400

Data for 2007 have not been published, and as such are provisional.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly updated the Home Affairs Committee with the most robust and accurate information relating to the deportation and removal of foreign national prisoners. Copies of her letters to the Committee are available in the library of the House. She advised the Committee during her appearance of 15 January that over 4,200 foreign national prisoners had been removed or deported from the United Kingdom in 2007. Information prior to April 2006 is not available due to data quality issues. Foreign national prisoners removed or deported in 2007 may have been discharged from prison in previous years.