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Prisoner Population Data

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many male and female prisoners respectively in each ethnic group were (a) British nationals and (b) foreign nationals on 30 June 1997 and (if available) 30 June 1998. [HL 3097]

The information requested is given in the table.

Population in prisons in England and Wales by sex, ethnic group and nationality1
Ethnic group/Nationality30 June 1997 MalesFemales30 June 19982MalesFemales
White48,1512,01351,2782,369
British Nationals46,6071,91949,5632,241
Foreign Nationals1,429861,597123
Black7,0625237,449564
British Nationals5,6532935,938315
Foreign Nationals1,3932301,492248
South Asian1,841251,98331
British Nationals1,211121,34518
Foreign Nationals6261163512
Chinese and Other1,6841111,897156
British Nationals8385291266
Foreign Nationals8405997889
Unrecorded57
British Nationals26
Foreign Nationals3
Total58,7952,67262,6073,120
British Nationals54,3352,27657,7582,640
Foreign Nationals4,2913864,702472
1 Includes persons of unknown or unrecorded nationality.
2 Provisional figures.