Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that all prisons holding foreign nationals have in place (a) relevant policies and practices and (b) a foreign national co-ordinator employed to address the specific needs of the group of prisoners including (i) pre-release support, (ii) links to home country and family and (iii) procedures to manage deportation or repatriation.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

holding answer 26 January 2004

All Prison Service policies are required to have taken account of the needs of minority groups of prisoners including foreign nationals.

All Prisons have a race relations officers and a race relations management team responsible for the implementation of race relations locally and the fair treatment of ethnic minorities. Some prisons with larger numbers of foreign national prisoners have appointed a member of staff to work specifically to address their needs.

Pre-release support and links to their home country are managed as part of the normal sentence planning process, which applies to all prisoners serving over 12 months in prison.

The procedures used to manage deportation or repatriation are the same as those for any foreign national who has been refused entry to this country. The exception to this are the procedures for early departure provided by the Early Removal Scheme, as set out in the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

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