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Prisoners Release: Foreigners

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners formerly held in (a) HMP Canterbury and (b) HMP Bulwood Hall have been released. (254130)

In 2007, the most recent annual data available, a total of 7,450 foreign national prisoners were discharged from prison establishments in England and Wales. This includes those transferring to immigration centres, those removed from the country, and those released into the community. Of the total (7,450), 210 were released from HMP Bulwood Hall and 500 from HMP Canterbury. It is not possible to identify how many others were released from other prison establishments having previously been held in HMPs Bulwood Hall or Canterbury while serving their sentence.

These figures have been drawn from IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and so the numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.