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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in each of the last three years. (291830)

The requested data are not available as the nationality of those sentenced is not recorded on the Court Proceedings database. Data on the number of Bulgarians and Romanian nationals currently in custody can be found in the Table 5 of the June 2009 ‘Population in Custody’ bulletin published by the Ministry of Justice, following this link:

The following table taken from the Offender Management Caseload Statistics shows the total number of Bulgarian and Romanian receptions for 2006 to 2008. The figures for 2006 are considerably lower because both these countries joined the EU in January 2007.

Receptions into prison establishments by nationality and sex, 2006-08MaleFemaleTotal2006Bulgaria291342Romania25535290 2007Bulgaria47128175Romania4381145522008Bulgaria40133173Romania749122871 Note:These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.Source:OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice