§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were serving sentences of imprisonment in England and Wales at the most recent available date. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
The latest available provisional information is for 30 September 1998. On that date, there were 3,545 sentenced foreign nationals (3,206 males and 339 females) in prisons in England and Wales.
Information on the number of sentenced foreign nationals in prisons in England and Wales is published in "Prison statistics England and Wales" (Table 6.4 of the 1997 edition, cm 4017), a copy of which is in the Library.