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Prisoners: Females

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) convicted, (b) unconvicted and (c) convicted but unsentenced (i) adult and (ii) 18 to 21 year old female foreign national prisoners are in custody in England and Wales; and how many such people are being held in custody beyond the end of their custodial sentences. (258092)

Figures showing the numbers of female foreign national prisoners (a) untried, (b) convicted unsentenced and (c), sentenced, separately for (i) adults and (ii) young adults, detained in all prison establishments in England and Wales at 31 December 2008, can be found in the following table:

Young adults





Convicted unsentenced






Young adults are those aged 18 to 20 and those 21-year-olds who were aged 20 or under at conviction who have not been reclassified as part of the adult population.

Information relating to the number of foreign national female prisoners who are detained beyond their custodial sentence is not available. The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly updated the Home Affairs Select Committee with all of the most robust and accurate information available on the deportation of foreign national prisoners. Copies of her letters to the Committee are available in the Library of the House. She will continue to update the Committee as required.

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.