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British Nationality: Prisoners

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are serving a custodial sentence overseas, broken down by country of detainment. (235710)

On 30 September 2008, our consular officials were aware of 2,548 British nationals detained overseas. The breakdown by country is shown in the following table. These figures include detainees on remand as well as those serving sentences. We do not maintain separate statistics on the numbers serving sentences.

Number

Albania

3

Algeria

0

Argentina

15

Armenia

0

Australia

282

Austria

4

Azerbaijan

2

Bahrain

5

Bangladesh

8

Barbados

4

Belarus

0

Belgium

18

Belize

0

Bolivia

2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

0

Botswana

1

Brazil

24

British Virgin Islands

0

Brunei

0

Bulgaria

0

Burma

0

Cambodia

0

Cameroon

0

Canada

30

Chile

0

China

34

Colombia

1

Congo (Democratic Rep)

1

Costa Rica

4

Croatia

0

Cuba

0

Cyprus

23

Czech Republic

8

Denmark

2

Dominican Republic

11

Ecuador

7

Egypt

14

Eritrea

0

Estonia

0

Ethiopia

0

Fiji

0

Finland

0

France

126

Gambia

2

Georgia

0

Germany

81

Ghana

10

Greece

17

Guatemala

2

Guyana

8

Hungary

3

Iceland

0

India

21

Indonesia

7

Iran

0

Ireland

88

Israel

1

Italy

25

Jamaica

59

Japan

34

Jerusalem

0

Jordan

0

Kazakhstan

16

Kenya

2

Korea (North)

0

Korea (South)

3

Kuwait

2

Latvia

0

Libya

0

Lithuania

3

Luxembourg

4

Macedonia

0

Malawi

0

Malaysia

6

Malta

12

Mauritius

0

Mexico

15

Moldova

1

Mongolia

13

Mozambique

0

Namibia

3

Nepal

0

Netherlands

38

New Zealand

7

Nicaragua

1

Nigeria

1

Norway

8

Oman

7

Pakistan

22

Panama

7

Papua New Guinea

0

Peru

20

Philippines

21

Poland

0

Portugal

25

Qatar

2

Russia

3

Rwanda

0

St. Lucia

7

Saudi Arabia

5

Senegal

2

Serbia

0

Seychelles

0

Sierra Leone

1

Singapore

6

Slovakia

0

Slovenia

2

Solomon Islands

0

South Africa

18

Spain

296

Sri Lanka

10

Sudan

0

Sweden

14

Switzerland

17

Syria

3

Taiwan

18

Tanzania

0

Thailand

119

Trinidad and Tobago

5

Tunisia

6

Turkey

20

Turkmenistan

0

Uganda

1

United Arab Emirates

44

USA

706

Uruguay

0

Venezuela

12

Vietnam

3

Yemen

1

Zambia

0

Zimbabwe

3

Total

2,548