HC Deb 12 June 2002 vol 386 cc1273-4W
David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens spent more than seven days in prison in each EU country, in each year since 1997; and how many were subsequently acquitted. [60386]

Mr. Bill O'Brien

All British Embassies and High Commissions keep records of those British prisoners who have asked the local authorities to inform the British Mission of their detention. These records show how long a prisoner was detained and whether he/she was later acquitted. However the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not collate statistics in the format requested, and so to provide this information would incur disproportionate costs.

The FCO maintains quarterly records of the number of British nationals serving custodial sentences in prisons overseas and I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting on 7 May 2002, Official Report, column 456–458W.

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