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Foreign Nationals: Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic assistance his Department is providing to the Home Department in negotiating prisoner transfer agreements with (a) Nigeria and (b) other countries in respect of foreign national prisoners.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) works closely with the Ministry of Justice to raise the profile of prisoner transfer agreements, and facilitate their negotiation where possible through advocacy, lobbying and project support. This has included in the case of Nigeria FCO participation in bi-annual senior official meetings, most recently in Abuja in March 2011.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. and learned Friend Mr Clarke, to Mr Offord on 1 March 2011, Hansard, column 410W. This sets out the Government's policy to extend or negotiate new prisoner transfer agreements with as many countries as possible, including Nigeria.

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