Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd December 2015.

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Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders who are foreign nationals are currently serving a sentence for murder or manslaughter in prisons in England and Wales.

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

Foreign criminals who break our laws should be properly punished but not at the expense of the British taxpayer.

In the last year we have returned more than 5,000 foreign prisoners to their home country. Prisoner transfer agreements are just one way the Government can remove these criminals from the United Kingdom.

As at 30 September 2015, there were 732 foreign nationals serving a sentence for murder or manslaughter in prisons in England and Wales.

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