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Written Answers

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 6 November 1980

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Written Answers

Medical Reports At Prisons

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the present facilities for the preparation of medical reports on an out-patient basis at Brixton, Holloway and Durham prisons and at Risley remand centre could be extended to other establishments.

At present only limited use is being made of the outpatient facilities at these four establishments. The Government would like to see them being used more extensively and if justified would be prepared to consider the addition of similar facilities at other establishments.

British Citizens In Prison Abroad

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many British citizens suspected, charged or convicted of drug offences, excluding cannabis, were being held in prison outside the United Kingdom by each foreign and Commonwealth country at 1st October, 1980; and what is the range of sentences being served by these British citizens in each country;How many British citizens suspected, charged or convicted of cannabis offences were being held in prison outside the United Kingdom by each foreign and Commonwealth country at 1st October, 1980; and what is the range of sentences being served by these British citizens in each country; andHow many British citizens suspected, charged or convicted of criminal offences were being held in prison outside the United Kingdom by each foreign and Commonwealth country at 1st October, 1980; and what is the range of the sentences being served by these British citizens in each country.

The following table contains information in reply to the noble Lord's three questions:

TABLE SHOWING NUMBER OF UNITED KINGDOM NATIONALS KNOWN TO BE ARRESTED, CHARGED OR
CONVICTED OF OFFENCES AND HELD IN PRISONS OVERSEAS TOGETHER WITH THE RANGE OF SENTENCES AS AT
5TH NOVEMBER 1980

Country

Drug Offences (excluding cannabis)

Cannabis Offences

Other Offences or Reasons

Angola7 (16–30 yrs.)
Argentina2 (n.y.s.)*
Australia1 (4 yrs.)1 (10 yrs.)5 (2½ yrs.-life)
Austria2 (1–2½ yrs.)9(18 mths.-9 yrs.)
Bahamas1 (n.y.s.)*
Bahrain1 (1 mth.)
Barbados2 (death)
Belgium15 (3 mths-5 yrs.)4 (3 yrs.)14 (9 mths.-life)
Bermuda2 (2 mths.)
Bolivia3 (n.y.s.)*
Botswana1 (11 yrs.)
Bulgaria3 (3½–8 yrs.)
Canada5 (6 mths.-7 yrs.)4 (7–8 yrs.)6 (3½ yrs.-life)
Chile1 (5 yrs.)
Cuba1 (8 yrs.)1 (18 yrs.)
Cyprus3 (9 mths.-15 mths.)
Denmark9 (2–6 yrs.)12 (4 mths-14 yrs.)
Egypt1 (20 yrs.)
France32(1½ yrs.-12 yrs.)13 (1–5 yrs.)30 (3 mths-5 yrs.)
FRG27 (6 mths.-9 yrs.)4 (1–7 yrs.)65 (1 mth-life)
Greece12 (3–12 yrs.)2 (6 mths-8 yrs.)9(7 mths-15 yrs.)
Guatemala1 (3 yrs.)3 (5 yrs.)
Hong Kong1 (15 yrs.)
India3 (8 mths.-2 yrs.)3 (8 mths.)
Iran4 (n.y.s.)*
Iraq1 (life)
Israel1 (5 yrs.)
Italy12 (2–6 yrs.)9 (5 mths.-2 yrs.)
Jamaica1 (life)
Japan7 (4½ yrs.-6 yrs.)1 (6 yrs.)4 (deportation-7 yrs.)
Kenya2 (14–18 yrs.)
Liberia1 (n.y.s.)*
Libya1 (n.y.s.)*4 (not yet charged)
Malawi2 (4½ yrs) 1 (n.y.s.*)
Mexico3 (7–8½ yrs.)
Morocco1 (1 yr.)2 (12–30 yrs.)
Netherlands7 (7 mths-3 yrs.)11 (6 mths-12 yrs.)
Norway5 (4 yrs.)5 (14 mths.)
Panama3 (n.y.s.)*
Paraguay4 (no details)
Peru3 (n.y.s.)*
Portugal2 (5 yrs.)2 (n.y.s.)*
Qatar2(6–18 mths.)
Saudi Arabia5 (2 yrs. –2 n.y.s.)*17 (6 mths.-3 yrs.)
South Africa2 (5–8 yrs.)4 (1–8 yrs.)28 (18 mths.-death)
Spain42 (2–9 yrs.)16 (2⅓–25⅚ yrs.)
Swaziland1 (1 yr.)
Sweden4 (3 mths.-4 yrs.)4 (8 mths.-5½ yrs.)4 (2–8 mths.)
Switzerland4(15 mths.-6½ yrs.)1 (2 yrs.)5 (20 mths.-12 yrs.)
Syria4 (5 yrs) 2 (n.y.s.*)4 (5 yrs) 2 (n.y.s.*)
Thailand5 (4–11 yrs.)5 (4–11 yrs.)8(18 mths.-11 yrs.)
Trinidad & Tobago1 (n.y.s.)*
Turkey4 (20–30 yrs.)1 (n.y.s.)*
USA4 (3 yrs.-life)4(4 mths)3 (n.y.s.*)40 (18 mths.-life)
Uruguay2 (n.y.s.)*
Yugoslavia2 (2–4 yrs.)
Zambia2 (5 yrs.) 1 (n.y.s.*)
Zimbabwe5 (2 yrs.-life)

*Not yet sentenced.

House adjourned at twenty-three minutes past five o'clock.