Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Justice written question – answered on 3rd March 2014.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), 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 how many foreign nationals of each nationality were held in custody in each prison in England and Wales on 1 February (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013.

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

Annual data broken down by prison is included in the following table. Figures have been taken from 30 June in each year in accordance with standard practice for annual reporting.

The overall number of FNOs in custody (including those held on remand and under immigration powers) is as follows:

30 June Number
2010 11,135
2011 10,779
2012 10,861
2013 10,786

The number of FNOs serving prison sentences has reduced by around 1,000 since April 2010.

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

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 number of FNOs deported under the Early Removal Scheme (ERS) has increased under this Government. In 2013, we removed nearly 2,000 FNOs under ERS and under the Tariff Expired Removal Scheme (TERS), which we introduced in May 2012, we have removed 231 FNOs to date.

Whereas this Government has begun to reduce the foreign national population in prison since 2010, between 1997 and 2010, the number of foreign nationals in our prisons more than doubled.

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