Prisoners: Pakistan

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 6 February 2017.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders from Pakistan have been transferred to prisons in Pakistan from the UK in each year of the last five years.

Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what agreements the Government has with the Government of Pakistan relating to the transfer of prisoners; and what effect those agreements have had on the number of prisoners exchanged with that country.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 03 February 2017.

The correct answer should have been:

The United Kingdom and Pakistan signed a bilateral voluntary prisoner transfer agreement on 24 August 2007. It entered into force 19 August 2008. Four prisoners were transferred to from England and Wales to Pakistan on a voluntary basis in 2010. Transfers to Pakistan have been suspended by the Pakistani Government. following the unlawful release there of prisoners transferred from the United Kingdom and other countries. No further transfers have taken place since 2010.

We are committed to increasing the number of Foreign National offenders removed from our prisons, whether they are removed through Prisoner Transfer Agreements or the Early Removal Scheme. In 2015/16 we removed the highest number of Foreign National Offenders since records began with a total of 5,810 offenders removed from prisons, immigration removal centres and the community.

The transfer of prisoners from Scotland and from Northern Ireland is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the relevant devolved authority.

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Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The United Kingdom and Pakistan signed a bilateral voluntary prisoner transfer agreement on 24 August 2007. It entered into force 19 August 2008. Four prisoners were transferred to from England and Wales to Pakistan on a voluntary basis in 2010. Transfers to Pakistan have been suspended by the Pakistani Government. following the unlawful release there of prisoners transferred from the United Kingdom and other countries. No further transfers have taken place since 2010.

We are committed to increasing the number of Foreign National offenders removed from our prisons, whether they are removed through Prisoner Transfer Agreements or the Early Removal Scheme. In 2015/16 we removed the highest number of Foreign National Offenders since records began with a total of 5,810 offenders removed from prisons, immigration removal centres and the community.

The transfer of prisoners from Scotland and from Northern Ireland is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the relevant devolved authority.

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