§ Mr. Bermingham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners of European nationality are currently detained in Her Majesty's prisons having been convicted of criminal offences; and if he will give a breakdown of the figures by individual countries of origin.
§ Mr. Mellor
The available information is given in the following table. Information is not recorded centrally on the nationality of persons held in prison department establishments in England and Wales. Information on their country of birth is recorded centrally but is reasonably complete only for sentenced prisoners; of the total of 32,700 sentenced prisoners on 30 September 1984, information on country of birth was not available for 1,500.
Sentenced prisoners recorded as born in Europe in prison department establishments in England and Wales on 30 September 1984: by country of birth. * Estimated number United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man 28,130 Irish Republic 620 Austria 5 Belgium/Luxembourg 5 Cyprus 80 Denmark 5 Federal Republic of Germany 120 France 15 Gibraltar 5 Greece 5 Holland 30 Hungary 15 Italy 45
* Estimated number Malta 20 Poland 15 Spain 20 Other Europe (excluding USSR) 30 * Rounded figures. The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate; detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.