Prisons: HMP Pentonville

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th May 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Stern Baroness Stern Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on HMP Pentonville that Home Office input on immigration matters relating to foreign prisoners was inadequate.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Home Office and the National Offender Management Service work closely together to ensure that foreign national prisoners are identified, and where appropriate, removed from the country at the earliest opportunity. Regular discussions take place between Governors and Home Office officials to assess the level of immigration support required to achieve this.

Since the Chief Inspector’s report, Home Office resources at HMP Pentonville have been increased. Immigration Officers now attend the prison on a total of 30 days per month and intend to be present on every weekday. Since 29th March they have also attended on Saturdays.

Immigration Officers hold induction and documentation interviews and hold regular general immigration surgeries.

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