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Crown Dependencies

Volume 716: debated on Friday 15 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the costs of imprisonment on the United Kingdom mainland of a person convicted for a criminal offence in a Crown Dependency are shared. [HL987]

The transfer of prisoners between the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man) is governed by the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. The criteria for transfers were set out by the then Home Secretary's Statement to Parliament on 28 October 1997.

Where a prisoner meets the criteria for transfer, the cost of detention following transfer falls to the receiving jurisdiction in the United Kingdom. Where the transfer of a prisoner falls outside the normal criteria then the cost of detention is met by the transferring jurisdiction. In each case the cost of the actual transfer of the prisoner is met by the transferring jurisdiction.