Prisoners: Transfers

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th February 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many countries have a prisoner transfer agreement with the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have a prisoner transfer agreement with the United Kingdom.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals given custodial sentences in the United Kingdom were transferred to another country in each year from 1990 to 2010; and to which countries they were transferred.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens given custodial sentences abroad were transferred to the United Kingdom in each year from 1990 to 2010; and from which countries they came.

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The United Kingdom is a party to prisoner transfer agreements with 108 countries and territories. The countries and territories with which the United Kingdom has prisoner transfer agreements are listed below.

Territories with which the United Kingdom has Prisoner Transfer Agreements
Albania France Netherlands
America Georgia Nicaragua
Andorra Germany Nigeria
Anguilla Ghana Norway
Antigua and Barbuda Greece Pakistan
Armenia Grenada Panama
Australia Hong Kong Peru
Austria Honduras Poland
Azerbaijan Hungary Portugal
Bahamas Iceland Russia
Barbados India Romania
Belgium Ireland Rwanda
Bermuda Israel Samoa
Bolivia Italy San Marino
Bosnia Herzegovina Japan Serbia
Brazil Korea Slovakia
British Virgin Island Latvia Slovenia
Bulgaria St Laos Spain
Canada Lesotho Sri Lanka
Chile Libya Lucia
Cook Islands Liechtenstein Suriname
Costa Rica Lithuania Sweden
Croatia Luxembourg Switzerland
Cuba Macedonia Thailand
Cyprus Malawi Tonga
Czech Republic Malta Trinidad and Tobago
Denmark Mauritius Turkey
Ecuador Mexico Ukraine
Egypt Moldova Venezuela
Estonia Montenegro Vietnam
Finland Morocco Vietnam
Territories that have Prisoner Transfer Agreements with the UK
Aruba Henderson, Ducie and Oeno
Bouvet Island Montserrat
British Indian O.T. Peter I Island
Cayman Islands Pitcairn
Dutch Antilles Queen Maud Land Faroe Islands
Falkland Islands St Helena and Dependencies
Gibraltar Sovereign Base Areas of Akratri and Dhekelia (Cyprus)

Prior to 2007, the National Offender Management Service did not separately record the states to which prisoners were transferred from England and Wales to continue serving a sentence of imprisonment. The table below sets out the number of prisoners transferred to other countries to continue serving their sentences of imprisonment in the calendar years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Country 2007 2008 2009 2010
Austria - - - 1
Australia 3 1 - 1
Belgium 10 5 1 2
Canada - 3 - 1
Curacao - 1 - -
Cyprus 2 - - 1
Czech Republic - - 1 1
Dutch Antilles 5 - - -
France 3 5 2 -
Germany 2 - 4 -
Ghana - - 1 1
Italy 1 - - -
Lithuania 1 - - 4
Macedonia - 1 - -
Netherlands 75 42 25 24
Norway 2 - - -
Pakistan - - - 4
Poland 1 1 - 3
Portugal - - - 2
Republic of Ireland 5 4 1 -
Slovenia - - 1 1
Spain 2 3 1 -
Switzerland 1 1 - -
Turkey 1 2 4 2

The table below sets out the number of prisoners transferred from a foreign jurisdiction to England and Wales to continue serving their sentences of imprisonment in the last four calendar years.

Country 2007 2008 2009 2010
Austria - 1 - -
Australia 3 1 - 1
Belgium - - 1 1
Brazil - - 1 2
Costa Rica - 2 2 1
Cyprus 2 2 5 5
Ecuador - 1 - -
France - - 1 4
Germany 1 2 2 1
Ghana - - 2 3
Grenada 1 - - 3
Hong Kong - 2 2 2
India - 2 1 -
Japan 7 8 3 3
Laos - - 1 1
Luxembourg - - 1 -
Mexico - 2 -
Morocco - 1 1
Netherlands 6 - - 1
Norway - - 1 1
Panama - 1 - 1
Portugal 2 - - 1
Republic of Ireland 9 2 8 14
Romania - - 1
Slovakia - - - 1
Spain 12 10 17 22
South Korea - 1 -
Sweden 2 - 2 2
Switzerland 1 - - -
Thailand 4 1 4 4
Trinidad and Tobago 6 2 2 8
Turkey - - - 2
USA 10 8 4 5
Venezuela 2 6 2 -

Prisoner transfer arrangements are a devolved matter. The transfer of prisoners to and from Scotland and to and from Northern Ireland is a matter for the relevant devolved Administration.

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