HL Deb 04 November 2003 vol 654 c99WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average time taken to grant requests for transfers between each of the three United Kingdom jurisdictions by prisoners whose families live in a jurisdiction other than the one where they were sentenced. [HL4783]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

In 2002, the average time taken to consider applications for the transfer of prisoners from England and Wales to Scotland was 171 days, and to Northern Ireland, 121 days.

No prisoner was transferred from Northern Ireland to England and Wales or to Scotland in 2002. One prisoner was however transferred to England and Wales in 2003. This application took 120 days to consider.

The transfer of prisoners from Scotland to England and Wales and to Northern Ireland is a matter for the Scottish Executive.