HC Deb 10 June 1998 vol 313 cc567-8W
Mr. Allan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were serving a prison sentence in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what percentage were serving prison sentences for drug offences. [45158]

Ms Quin

The available information is for the prison population as at 30 June each year and is given in the table. A more detailed breakdown of sentenced prisoners, by nationality, ethnicity and type of offence, is published annually in "Prison Statistics England and Wales" (Table 9.5 of the 1996 edition, CM 3732), copies of which are available in the Library.

Number of sentenced foreign nationals in prisons in England and Wales, and proportion serving sentences for drugs offences, as at 30 June 1993–97
As at 30 June Number of sentenced foreign nationals Proportion serving sentences for drugs offences (%)
1993 2,298 30
1994 2,309 34
1995 2,616 34
1996 2,867 35
19971 3,250 36
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