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Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion and Social Action), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals were sentenced to (a) first, (b) second, (c) third, and (d) fourth or more custodial sentences in (1) 2006, (2) 2007, and (3) 2008.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The requested information is not available. The Ministry of Justice uses an extract of data taken from the police national computer (PNC) to analyse the criminal history of offenders in England and Wales.

However, the recording by the police on the PNC of the nationality of offenders is optional as there is no legislative obligation on individuals to provide this information. For this reason reliable statistics on the nationality of offenders and their criminal history cannot be compiled.

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