Prisoners: Jamaica

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Jamaican nationals were in UK prisons as of (a) 30 June 2015 and (b) 31 January 2018.

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

On 30 June 2015 there were 619 Jamaican nationals held in prisons in England and Wales, and HMPPS run Immigration Removal Centres, with this figure declining to 448 on 31 December 2017, our most recent published figures. In regard to Jamaican nationals held in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as prisons are a devolved matter, figures would need to be provided by the Devolved Administrations.

Any foreign national who comes to our country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. More than 40,000 foreign national offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, with a record number of over 6,300 removed in 2016/17.

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