Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Justice written question – answered on 28th February 2014.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 293W, on prisoners: foreign nationals, which three countries have the next largest number of foreign nationals in UK prisons; and what steps he is taking to return those offenders to secure detention in their own countries.

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

The countries with the 4th, 5th and 6th largest populations of Foreign Nationals in UK prisons on 31 December 2013 are:

4. Romania (547)

5. Pakistan (548)

6. Lithuania (502)

Romania has now implemented the EU Prisoner Transfer Arrangement and we expect to start transfers later this year. We have a voluntary prisoner transfer arrangement with Pakistan and are currently exploring how we can make it more effective. Lithuania is due to implement the EUPTA later this year and as soon as they do we will start referring prisoners to the Home Office to get the deportation orders required for transfer.

In January this year we signed a compulsory PTA with Nigeria (7th largest population of FNOs) and last year we signed a PTA with Albania (11th). We expect to see prisoner transfers to both these countries before the end of this year.

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