HC Deb 20 December 1989 vol 164 c267W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) male and (b) female foreign nationals are currently serving a prison sentence or are on remand for drug-related offences; and how many come from (i) Nigeria, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Colombia.

Mr. Mellor

The latest readily available information is given in the table. The recording of nationality for citizens of Commonwealth countries and the Irish Republic is not always reliable. The nationality of remand prisoners and the offences with which they are charged are not recorded centrally until the completion of court proceedings.

Population sentenced for all drugs offences in prison service establishments in England and Wales on 30 June 1989: by nationality and sex
Nationality (name of country) Males Females
Colombia 48 14
Nigeria 267 77
Pakistan 158 2
Other nationalities 606 81
United Kingdom 1,823 151
Not recorded 5 1
All nationalities 2,907 326
1 Provisional. The figures are those recorded centrally which are approximate: detailed checking would involve disproportionate cost.