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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners held in Category D prisons were convicted of (a) Class A drug trafficking, (b) terrorist offences and (c) violent offences. (196835)

It is not possible to check all offences for any association with terrorism without exceeding cost limits, and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of drug offences by class of drug.

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General's Office are currently working with the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those convicted under terrorist legislation and those convicted under other legislation but following a terrorist investigation. As soon as this is complete a statistical bulletin to cover information on arrests and convictions will be published.

The total number of foreign national prisoners held in open prisons, at the end of December 2007, by all offence categories, is shown in the following table.


Violence against the person


Sex offences






Theft and Handling


Fraud and Forgery


Drug offences




Other offences




1 Fewer than 10. Note: Data have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Establishment classified as open are Askham Grange, East Sutton Park (with open YOI unit), Ford, Hewell Grange, Hollesley Bay (with open YOI unit), Kirkham, Leyhill, Moorland open (with open YOI unit), North Sea Camp, Spring Hill, Standford Hill, Sudbury, Thorn Cross and Usk/Prescoed.

In addition to these establishments, Drake Hall, Morton Hall, Norwich, Reading and Wealstun prisons have small open units but population data is not available at this level.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.