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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of all prison sentences handed down in each year since 1997 were for six months or less; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of persons sentenced to immediate custody for six months or less. It also shows the proportion of those persons sentenced to immediate custody who received six months or less.
|Number given custody||Up to and including six months.||Proportion (percentage)|
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Irish and (b) other foreign EEA nationals are serving sentences of imprisonment for murder in prisons in England and Wales. 
Mr. Straw: At the end of September 2007 there were 100 prisoners held in all prison establishments in England and Wales from countries within the European Economic Area who were serving sentences for murder, of which 50 were from the Republic of Ireland (the EEA is all EU countries, plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland).
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. Therefore, the figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign national prisoners were held in English and Welsh prisons on 31 December 2007, broken down by nationality; 
(2) how many foreign prisoners of no known country of origin there were in England and Wales on 31 December 2007. 
Mr. Hanson: At the end of September 2007, the most recent date for which information is currently available, there were, overall, a total of 11,211 foreign national prisoners in all prison establishments in England and Wales. There were an additional 919 prisoners where the nationality was not currently recorded on central IT systems, of which 650 were untried prisoners held on remand and their nationality is not yet recorded on central data systems. The total includes prisoners held on remand or serving custodial sentences, as well as those held under the Immigration Act 1971 (including those in the immigration removal centres of Dover, Haslar and Lindholme).The full breakdown of these figures can be found in the following table below.
These figures are updated quarterly at the website:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.
NOMS continues to work with the Border and Immigration Agency to speed up the system for removing those foreign national prisoners who meet the deportation criteria. Where the information is not already available, this will include establishing the nationality of individuals, and the relevant country of origin (or transit) to deport them to if appropriate.
|Population in prison by nationality and sex, England and Wales, 30 September 2007|
Data Sources and Quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figure may not be accurate to that level.
This table has been taken from table 5 of the monthly published statistics to be found at:
Table 5 is updated quarterly.
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