Of these, 1,214 were being held as immigration detainees and 16 were being held for civil offences (for example non-payment of a debt, contempt of court, or breach of an injunction).
The agreement to hold time-served foreign national offenders (immigration detainees) in prisons is set out in a service level agreement between NOMS and the Home Office and is designed to support the Home Office in achieving its objectives for removal.
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).
Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the population who are not held in relation to criminal proceedings by prison establishment.
|Table 1: Non criminal prison population by establishment, England and Wales, 31 December 2013|
|Establishment||Non criminal population|
|Elmley (Sheppey cluster)||44|
|Highpoint (North and South)||34|
|Swaleside (Sheppey cluster)||1|
|Data Sources and Quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.|