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Prisoners: Repatriation

Justice written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) whether EU citizens serving custodial sentences in prisons in England and Wales before the commencement of the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement will be liable for repatriation to their country of origin;

(2) which countries will be ready for the transfer of prisoners under the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

Council Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA, which will govern the transfer of prisoners between member states of the European Union, enters into force from 5 December. Transitional arrangements set out in the Framework Decision enable member states to enter a declaration on its application. We understand that most member states will be applying the Framework Decision only to those prisoners sentenced after the implementation date of 5 December 2011.

An official list of those member states ready to implement the Framework Decision is not yet available. Our latest information indicates that the majority of member states will implement the Framework Decision in 2012/13 as their implementing legislation is enacted.

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