Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Justice written question – answered on 7th April 2014.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 5 February 2014, Official Report, column 293W, 28 February 2014, Official Report, column 548W and 31 March 2014 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

Data on the nationality and numbers of Foreign National Offenders {FNOs) held in custody is published in the quarterly offender management statistics.

Table 1.6

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/276084/prison-population-tables-q3-2013.xls

The countries with the 10th, 11th and 12th largest populations of FNOs in UK prisons on 31 December 2013 are:

10. Bangladesh (276)

11. Albania (275)

12. Vietnam (247)

We do not currently have a Prisoner Transfer Arrangement (PTA) with Bangladesh. We signed a compulsory PTA with Albania last year and hope to see the first transfers soon. We have a voluntary PTA with Vietnam and made three prisoner transfers under this arrangement last year.

The Prisoner Transfer process is just one mechanism for removing Foreign National Offenders (FNOs). 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 237 FNOs to date.

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