Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Justice written question – answered on 11th February 2014.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been given temporary release to attend interviews at immigration detention centres operated under contract to the UK Border Agency in each month of the last three years.

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

Central data is not held on how many foreign national prisoners have been given release on temporary licence and for what reasons. This information could only be obtained by a manual check of the records of all instances of prisoners being released on temporary license, which would incur disproportionate cost. It is not however, usual practice for foreign national prisoners to be given release on temporary licence for this purpose. In circumstances where the Home Office is required to interview foreign national prisoners, Immigration Enforcement staff will attend the relevant prison to carry out this task.

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