Responding to comments by Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service, that only 102 EU prisoners have been returned under prisoner transfer agreements, Change Britain founding supporter Dominic Raab said:
‘EU rules have made it both easier for criminals to come into Britain, and harder for us to remove them. We can put in more effective preventative checks and stronger powers of removal by leaving the EU, so long as we don’t return via the backdoor of single market or customs union membership.’
Notes to Editors
Speaking to the House of Commons Justice Committee this morning Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service said ‘Prisoner transfer agreements, generally, with Europe have not worked as well as anybody would have wanted to be able to transfer prisoners back. We have transferred 102 prisoners on the back of prisoner transfer agreements. 102 to date… that’s the total [in] about a couple of years.’ (House of Commons, November 2016, link)
In November 2008, the EU established a prisoner transfer agreement, which allows for the transfer of prisoners to serve their sentences in their country of nationality without their consent. This entered into force in December 2011 (Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA,link). All 28 EU states were supposed to have ratified the deal by December 2011, but only 19 have done so by the start of 2015. The Cameron Government claimed that: ‘the EU PTA will result in a significant increase in the number of prisoners transferred’ (The Times, January 2015, link).
In March the Government admitted that just 73 prisoners had been transferred under this agreement (Prisoners: Repatriation:Written question – 30998, 14 March 2016, link).
The number of Foreign National Offenders who are EU citizens has increased from 3,427 on 31 December 2010 to 4,160 on 30 September 2016 (Ministry of Justice, October 2016, link).
In April 2016, the prison population in England and Wales was 84,686 (Ministry of Justice, April 2016, link)