Prisoners: Repatriation

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer Conservative, Sherwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on facilitating the removal of foreign national prisoners.

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

I have had a number of discussions with ministerial colleagues, including from the Home Office, about facilitating the removal of foreign national offenders.

We are working hard to reduce the foreign national offender population in the UK. For example, staff in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the UK Border Agency are working together more closely to make sure foreign national offenders are removed at the earliest point in time. We are also working towards compulsory prisoner transfer agreements with a number of countries and we are improving NOMS' communication with foreign national offenders who are eligible for voluntary return to increase removals this way.

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