Offenders: Foreign Nationals

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were convicted of criminal offences committed in the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database does not record the nationality of offenders sentenced for criminal offences.

However, we can provide prison statistics for England and Wales which show the number of foreign national receptions over the last five years.

All foreign national offenders sentenced to custody are referred to the Home Office for them to consider deportation at the earliest possible opportunity.

Foreign national sentenced receptions, January 2009 to September 2013, England and Wales
2009 12,409
2010 (April to December1) 9,518
2011 12,556
2012 11,996
1 Due to data quality January to March 2010 is unavailable.

Reducing the FNO population is a top priority for this Government. We are working hard to reduce the flow of FNOs into our prison system and increase the number of FNOs removed from the UK through Prisoner Transfer Agreements (PTAs); the Early Removal Scheme (ERS) and Tariff Expired Removal Scheme (TERS). The Home Office is co-ordinating an action plan to increase FNO removals and has introduced an Immigration Bill to tighten up the grounds for appeal against removal.

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