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Prisoners' Transfers

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been transferred from prisons in England or Wales to Northern Ireland to serve out remaining sentences in each year since 2005. (298896)

The number of prisoners transferred from prisons in England and Wales to Northern Ireland since 2005 are as follows:

Number

2005

16

2006

9

2007

13

2008

5

2009 (to 31 October)

11

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were transferred between prisons in Northern Ireland and (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008. (298600)

The transfer of prisoners between jurisdictions within the United Kingdom is governed by the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. For the purposes of the Act England and Wales are the same jurisdiction and therefore transfers to and from Northern Ireland and Wales are not recorded separately. Transfers between Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for the Scottish Executive.

The number of transfers are as follows:

In 2007 one prisoner transferred from Northern Ireland to England and Wales and 13 prisoners transferred from England and Wales to Northern Ireland;

In 2008 five prisoners transferred from Northern Ireland to England and Wales and five prisoners transferred from England and Wales to Northern Ireland.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers from England and Wales have been (a) transferred permanently to and (b) seconded to prisons in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001. (298898)

Records of the Northern Ireland Prison Service show that there have been two transfers between England and Wales and Northern Ireland since 2001.

There is no record of any prison officers currently being on secondment to Northern Ireland. Information on secondments that have now concluded is not available without incurring disproportionate cost.