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Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Volume 715: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals were given a custodial sentence of over 12 months in each of the past five years. [HL173]

The following table gives figures for the numbers of prisoners received into all prison establishments in England and Wales 2004 to 2008 with a sentence over 12 months, showing UK national, foreign national, and unrecorded:

Prisoners with sentence lengths over 12 months by nationality received into prison establishments in England and Wales under immediate custodial sentence 2004-08

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

UK Nationals

24,205

22,784

23,312

23,453

25,308

Foreign Nationals

2,963

3,196

3,163

3,203

3,659

Not recorded

91

94

73

87

82

Total

27,259

26,074

26,548

26,743

29,049

For information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Prison Service can be contacted.

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.