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Curfew Orders

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders sentenced to a curfew order or a community sentence with a curfew condition were unlawfully at large on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by (a) category of offence, (b) contract region and (c) police force area; and what penalties have been imposed on each contractor as a result. [124917]

At 30 June 2003, 147 offenders sentenced to a curfew order or community sentences with a curfew condition were unlawfully at large. Comprehensive information for the category of offence is not centrally available. The figures for each contract region are Southern (58), Midlands and Wales (25), London and Eastern (29) and Northern (35). The figures broken down by police force area are Avon and Somerset (32), Devon and Cornwall (8), Dorset (1), Hampshire (7), Sussex (7), Thames Valley (2), Wiltshire (1), Derbyshire (1), Dyfed-Powys (1), Leicestershire (4), North Wales (1), Northamptonshire (1), Nottinghamshire (3), South Wales (4), Staffordshire (1), West Midlands (9), Cambridgeshire (1), Essex (1), Herefordshire (5), Metropolitan (12), Norfolk (9), Suffolk (1), Doncaster (1), Durham (1), Lancashire (1), Liverpool (2), Manchester (13), Newcastle (6), Sheffield (3) and Wakefield (8). The contractors are not subject to penalties in these cases.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extra prisoners he expects to be released as a result of the changes to the Home Detention Curfew scheme due to come into effect on 14 July 2003. [124967]

Three changes to the Home Detention Curfew (HDC) scheme will come into force on 14 July 2003. Taken together, these measures are not expected to increase the number of prisoners released under the scheme. However, those released will be released for a longer period—so adding to the number on HDC at any one time.