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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals are serving sentences in UK prisons. (291831)

At the end of June 2009, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 180 Romanian and 36 Bulgarian nationals serving sentences in all prison establishments in England and Wales. Statistics relating to the numbers held in Scottish and Northern Irish prisons are the responsibility of the Scottish Government and the Northern Irish Prison Service respectively.

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.