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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult and (b) young offender foreign national prisoners were held in prison under immigration powers beyond the expiration of their sentence in each of the last 10 years. (266597)

Historical annual figures on the numbers of adult and young offender foreign national prisoners who are detained in prisons beyond the expiration of their sentence are not centrally collated. This information can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Select Committee in order to provide all of the most robust and accurate information on the detention and deportation of foreign national prisoners. She has advised the committee that the majority of individuals who are subject to deportation action are transferred into the UK Border Agency detention estate in order to facilitate their removal/deportation. Such transfers take place on a regular basis. In her letter of 23 July 2008 she advised that there was, at the time, a total of 1,650 foreign national prisoners detained for that purpose in both the agency's detention estate and the prison estate.