Prisoners: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the shortest prison sentence of a UK citizen incarcerated in a prison outside the UK.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

As of May 2018, we are aware of 2,325 British nationals in detention in 114 countries abroad. This can include British Nationals in immigration detention, in police custody, on remand awaiting trial, and sentenced prisoners. The length of custodial sentence being served by individuals ranges widely, from very short periods up to life imprisonment.

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