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Overseas Convictions/Arrests

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of British citizens arrested abroad were dealt with by consular staff in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage resulted in a conviction, broken down by country.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer 15 January 2007

The following table provides a figure for the number of new detentions of British nationals overseas each year for the past 10 years which consular officials have dealt with. Details of those in detention who are subsequently convicted of an offence are held on individual case files but we do not maintain central statistics. As at 30 September 2006, we were aware of 2,421 British nationals in detention overseas, either on remand or serving a custodial sentence.

Number
1996 5,639
1997 6,039
1998 6,159
1999 6,501
2000 8,758
2001 7,861
2002 6,501
2003-04 6,744
2004-05 5,227
2005-06 4,814

We are able to provide a breakdown by country of those detainees contacted by consular staff for the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Country 2004-05 2005-06
Afghanistan 9 3
Albania 1 0
Algeria 0 0
Angola 0 0
Antigua and Barbuda 17 11
Argentina 2 8
Armenia 0 0
Australia 39 41
Austria 8 9
Azerbaijan 3 1
Bahamas 10 2
Bahrain 0 0
Bangladesh 10 12
Barbados 3 15
Belarus 1 1
Belgium 61 35
Belize 4 1
Bolivia 3 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 2
Botswana 0 2
Brazil 13 7
Brunei 0 1
Bulgaria 4 15
Burma 0 0
Cambodia 17 5
Cameroon 0 1
Canada 29 60
Cayman Islands 0 3
Chile 0 0
China 86 42
Colombia 3 1
Congo (Democratic Republic) 0 0
Costa Rica 4 2
Croatia 15 6
Cuba 2 0
Cyprus 194 180
Czech Republic 42 22
Denmark 12 31
Djibouti 0 0
Dominican Republic 7 3
East Timor 0 0
Ecuador 11 2
Egypt 33 38
Eritrea 0 0
Estonia 0 4
Ethiopia 3 3
Fiji 0 0
Finland 6 3
France 118 103
Gambia 11 7
Georgia 0 0
Germany 156 188
Ghana 8 3
Greece 133 200
Grenada 6 6
Guatemala 0 1
Guinea 0 0
Guyana 3 1
Hungary 5 3
Iceland 1 1
India 25 24
Indonesia 9 14
Iran 0 0
Iraq 12 29
Ireland 26 46
Israel 10 5
Italy 20 23
Jamaica 132 117
Japan 71 79
Jerusalem 16 12
Jordan 7 9
Kazakhstan 0 0
Kenya 29 21
Kuwait 17 14
Laos 1 0
Latvia 3 4
Lebanon 7 11
Lesotho 0 0
Libya 1 2
Lithuania 5 1
Luxembourg 4 2
Macedonia 0 0
Madagascar 0 0
Malawi 1 0
Malaysia 9 10
Mali 0 0
Malta 1 3
Mauritius 3 6
Mexico 41 22
Moldova 0 1
Mongolia 0 0
Morocco 17 8
Mozambique 4 0
Namibia 1 0
Nepal 4 1
Netherlands 76 32
New Zealand 5 5
Nigeria 7 2
North Korea 0 0
Norway 21 9
Oman 22 24
Pakistan 15 22
Panama 8 2
Papua New Guinea 0 2
Paraguay 3 0
Peru 4 2
Philippines 15 22
Poland 15 31
Portugal 72 18
Qatar 21 26
Romania 1 2
Russia 4 1
Rwanda 0 0
Saudi Arabia 7 3
Senegal 2 1
Serbia 1 5
Seychelles 0 1
Sierra Leone 3 2
Singapore 44 27
Slovakia 5 3
Slovenia 0 3
Solomon Islands 0 0
South Africa 8 17
South Korea 10 9
Spain 1,647 1,293
Sri Lanka 1 5
St. Lucia 7 4
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1 1
Sudan 0 5
Swaziland 0 0
Sweden 36 32
Switzerland 4 20
Syria 0 0
Tajikistan 0 0
Tanzania 5 2
Thailand 87 98
Tonga 0 0
Trinidad and Tobago 16 10
Tunisia 3 2
Turkey 58 49
Turkmenistan 0 0
Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0
Uganda 0 1
Ukraine 0 1
United Arab Emirates 113 143
Uruguay 1 1
USA 1,272 1,305
Uzbekistan 0 4
Vanuatu 0 0
Venezuela 10 5
Vietnam 3 3
Yemen 3 1
Zambia 1 2
Zimbabwe 20 3
Total 5,227 4,814

From 2003-04, our information systems were brought in line with our financial systems based on the financial year, April to March. Until 2002, the calendar year was used.

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