Prisoners: Foreigners

Home Department written question – answered on 14th March 2007.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were held in UK prisons on 30 December 2006, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) offence.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Home Secretary, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 2 March 2007

Information on the numbers of foreign national prisoners detained in prison establishments in England and Wales on 31 December 2006 by (a) nationality (all detained prisoners) and (b) offence group by nationality (prisoners under immediate custodial sentence) can be found in the following tables.

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Table A: Population in prison by nationality and sex England and Wales 31 December 2006
Nationality Male Female Total
All nationalities 74,236 4,293 78,529
UK nationals 63,157 3,283 66,440
Foreign nationals 10,279 915 11,195
Not recorded 800 95 894
Total Africa 2,840 357 3,197
Angola 81 2 83
Burundi 8 3 12
Dahomey (Benin) 7 7
Botswana 2 2
Ivory Coast 33 1 34
Central African Republic 8 1 9
Congo 113 7 120
Cameroon, United Republic 45 4 49
Cape Verde 2 2
Algeria 210 1 211
Egypt 14 1 15
Ethiopia 65 4 69
Ghana 179 31 210
Gambia 40 1 41
Guinea 13 13
Equatorial Guinea 1 1
Guinea/Bissau 1 1
Kenya 56 4 60
Liberia 24 4 28
Libya 25 25
Morocco 49 1 50
Mali 1 1
Mauritania 3 3
Mauritius 22 1 23
Malawi 13 1 14
Mozambique 3 3
Namibia 2 1 3
Niger 5 5
Nigeria 874 193 1,067
Rwanda 15 3 18
Seychelles 3 3
Sudan 55 1 56
St. Helena 1 1
Sierre Leone 84 7 91
Senegal 9 9
Somalia 309 12 321
Chad 2 2
Togo 9 4 13
Tunisia 18 18
Tanzania 15 1 16
Uganda 85 6 91
Western Sahara 1 1
South Africa 143 35 178
Zambia 15 1 16
Congo, Democratic Republic 35 1 36
Zimbabwe 139 24 164
Total Asia 1,643 95 1,739
Bangladesh 168 1 169
Burma 2 2
China 232 24 256
Hong Kong 6 6
Indonesia 4 4
India 269 7 276
British India Ocean Territories 1 1
Cambodia 1 1
Korea Republic of (Sth) 4 4
Sri Lanka 157 4 161
Mongolia 8 8
Maldives 1 1
Malaysia 23 1 24
Nepal 1 1
Philippines 12 12 24
Pakistan 447 8 455
Singapore 4 4
Thailand 2 7 9
East Timor (Portuguese) 1 1
Vietnam 300 33 332
Total central and South America 324 46 371
Argentina 2 1 3
Bolivia 5 1 6
Brazil 59 14 73
Belize 2 2
Chile 14 1 15
Columbia 112 9 121
Costa Rica 3 3
Ecuador 18 18
French Guyana 4 4
Guatemala 5 5
Guyana 33 8 41
Honduras 1 1
Mexico 15 2 17
Panama 2 1 3
Peru 5 5
Paraguay 1 1
Surinam 6 1 7
El Salvador 1 1 2
Uruguay 3 3
Venezuela 33 8 41
Total Europe 2,966 223 3,189
Albania 148 1 149
Armenia 3 3
Austria 9 3 12
Azerbijan 4 4
Bosnia-Hercegovina 6 3 9
Belgium 34 5 39
Bulgaria 9 9
Croatia 9 1 10
Switzerland 4 4
Czech Republic 35 2 37
Cyprus 58 2 60
Germany 123 16 139
Denmark 8 2 10
Estonia 15 2 17
Spain 68 11 79
Finland 2 2
France 157 13 170
Georgia 14 1 15
Gibraltar 3 3
Greece 14 4 18
Hungary 21 2 22
Irish Republic 640 42 682
Italy 105 9 113
Kazakhstan 3 3
Kyrgystan 5 5
Lithuania 176 18 194
Latvia 46 1 47
Moldova 44 2 46
Macedonia 4 1 5
Serbia and Montenegro 106 1 107
Malta 7 7
Netherlands 125 29 154
Norway 5 5
Poland 265 13 278
Portugal 173 7 180
Romania 105 11 116
Sweden 12 6 18
Slovakia 20 2 22
Slovenia 6 1 7
Russia 104 13 117
Turkey 265 1 266
Uzbekistan 3 3
Total Middle East 706 4 710
United Arab Emirates 9 9
Afghanistan 108 108
Bahrain 2 2
Iran 209 2 211
Israel 27 27
Iraq 280 280
Jordan 12 12
Kuwait 13 13
Lebanon 22 1 23
Oman 1 1
Saudi Arabia 9 1 10
Syrian Arab Republic 6 6
Yemen, Republic of 7 7
Total North America 104 21 125
Canada 19 6 26
United States of America 84 15 99
Total Oceania 39 6 45
Australia 20 4 24
Fiji 10 10
French Southern Territories 1 1
Johnston Island 1 1
Kiribati 1 1
New Zealand 4 2 6
Papua New Guinea 1 1
Total other 10 10
Total unrecorded 800 95 894
West Indies 1,647 162 1,809
Aruba 1 1
Anguilla 1 1
Netherlands Antilles 22 6 28
Barbados 29 2 31
Bermuda 6 1 7
Bahamas 5 5
Cuba 1 1
Dominica 7 7
Dominican Republic 7 3 10
Grenada 21 4 25
Haiti 2 2
Jamaica 1,414 110 1,524
St. Lucia 25 6 31
Montserrat 14 14
St. Christopher and Nevis 1 1
St. Kitts and Nevis 3 3
Trinidad and Tobago 75 26 101
St. Vincent and The Grenadines 13 4 17
Table B: Prison population( 1) within England and Wales at 31 December 2006 by nationality and offence group
Foreign national prisoners Not recorded UK national Total
Offence group 7,407 153 56,268 63,828
Violence against the person 1,326 39 15,507 16,872
Sexual offences 752 14 6,228 6,994
Robbery 597 10 7,915 8,522
Burglary 246 16 7,678 7,940
Theft and handling 262 9 3,258 3,529
Fraud and forgery 883 18 838 1,739
Drug offences 2,621 25 8,034 10,680
Motoring offences 121 8 1,389 1,518
Other offences 574 13 5,102 5,690
Offence not recorded 24 2 319 345
(1 )Prison population under immediate custodial sentence shown

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