Justice written question – answered on 9th April 2014.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each prison establishment are not being held in relation to criminal proceedings; and what the reason is for their being so held in each case.

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

As of the 31 December 2013, 1,230 people were being held in prisons in England and Wales not in relation to criminal proceedings.

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
Altcourse 5
Ashfield 1
Aylesbury 2
Bedford 11
Belmarsh 12
Birmingham 30
Brinsford 3
Bristol 6
Brixton 15
Bronzefield 6
Bullingdon 31
Bure 6
Cardiff 5
Channings Wood 4
Chelmsford 20
Coldingley 4
Dartmoor 2
Deerbolt 3
Doncaster 18
Dovegate 3
Drake Hall 3
Durham 4
Eastwood Park 3
Elmley (Sheppey cluster) 44
Erlestoke 1
Everthorpe 3
Exeter 3
Featherstone 7
Feltham 19
Forest Bank 18
Foston Hall 4
Garth 1
GlenParva 13
Guys Marsh 3
Haverigg 2
Hewell 24
High Down 31
Highpoint (North and South) 34
Hindley 1
Holloway 23
Holme House 9
Hull 3
Huntercombe 35
Isis 5
Lancaster Farms 3
Leeds 25
Leicester 11
Lewes 7
Lincoln 23
Lindholme 2
Littlehey 17
Liverpool 13
Long Lartin 2
Low Newton 2
Maidstone 52
Manchester 10
Moorland/Hatfield 27
Mount 10
New Hall 1
Norwich 16
Nottingham 16
Oakwood 5
Pare 4
Pentonville 62
Peterborough 18
Portland 3
Preston 3
Ranby 13
Risley 15
Rochester 1
Stafford 4
Stoke Heath 6
Styal 4
Swaleside (Sheppey cluster) 1
Swansea 1
Swinfen Hall 1
Thameside 56
Wakefield 2
Wandsworth 195
Wayland 4
Wealstun 1
Winchester 3
Wolds 2
Woodhill 21
Wormwood Scrubs 84
Wymott 4
Total 1,230
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.

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