Prisoners: Foreigners

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Conservative, Spelthorne

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners in England and Wales are foreign nationals; and what percentage of the total number of convicted prisoners this represents.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There were 8,328 convicted foreign national prisoners detained in prisons in England and Wales at the end of January 2007. This represents 12 per cent. of the total number of convicted prisoners detained.

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.

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