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Prisoners Release

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convicted foreign national prisoners were released from prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years; (306682)

(2) how many foreign national prisoners convicted of each offence have been released from prison since 1 January 2009.

The number of foreign national prisoners (FNPs) discharged from prisons in England and Wales in the last five years following the completion of a determinate sentence is shown in the table.

Number of discharges

2004

7,100

2005

7,400

2006

7,700

2007

8,100

2008

9,500

Note:

These figures have been rounded to nearest 100.

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.

Data for 2009 are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were discharged from a sentence of imprisonment in (a) 2008 and (b) each month in 2009 for which figures are available. (303833)

The number of discharges of foreign national prisoners from completed determinate sentences in 2008 was 9,500. This figure has been rounded to the nearest 100.

Data for 2009 are not yet available.

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.