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Prisoner Release: Foreigners

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were released from prison in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (206893)

Prior to July 2006 statistics are only available on those foreign national prisoners released from Northern Ireland prisons who were serving a sentence of 12 months or more. (This was in line with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Department.)

According to NIPS records between January 2000 to January 2004, nine foreign national prisoners in this category were released, of whom four were released into IND custody for consideration for removal or deportation, following notification of IND by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

Between January 2004 and June 2006, 16 foreign national prisoners of this category were released, of whom seven were similarly released into IND custody.

Between July 2006 and June 2007 26 foreign national prisoners, whether sentenced or remand, were released, of whom 21 were released into IND custody for consideration for removal or deportation. Of the remainder:

72 were released time served;

96 were released on bail;

25 were discharged by the court;

11 were released fine paid;

One was released by hospital order.

From July 2007 to April 2008, 242 foreign national prisoners were released of whom 41 were released to the Borders and Immigration Agency for consideration for removal or deportation. Of the remainder:

101 were released time served;

72 were released on bail;

18 were discharged by the court;

Eight were released fine paid;

Two were released by hospital order.

These figures include immigration detainees held on immigration warrants.