HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 cc500-1W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners serving sentences in the United Kingdom on the most recent convenient date would be eligible for transfer from the United Kingdom under the Council of Europe convention on the transfer of sentenced persons; and from which countries they originate.

Mr. Mellor

The convention comes into force in relation to the United Kingdom on 1 August 1985; by that date the convention will also apply to France, the United States, Sweden and Spain. In addition, the convention comes into force in relation to Canada on 1 September. On 30 April this year the number of prisoners serving sentences in England and Wales who gave their nationality as that of one of these countries, and who were then eligible for repatriation under the terms of the convention by virtue of the length of sentence still to be served, was estimated as follows:

France 8
United States of America 33
Sweden 1
Spain 15
Canada 14

I understand that no eligible prisoners appear to be serving sentences in Scotland or Northern Ireland.