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Prisoners: Foreigners

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in England and Wales in the last 12 months. (317129)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I provided on 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 801W.

“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.”

Data for 2009 will be available following publication of Offender Management Caseload statistics 2009, scheduled for release in July 2010.