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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Australian nationals were detained in HM prisons at the latest date for which figures are available. (240854)

At the end of September 2008, the latest date for which this information is available, there were 26 Australian nationals detained in prison establishments in England and Wales. Information on the number of foreign national prisoners by nationality is published quarterly in table 5 of the Population in Custody monthly brief at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.htm.

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