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Prisoners (Licensed Releases)

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were charged with offences committed whilst they were released on (a) special purpose licence, (b) resettlement day release licence, (c) resettlement overnight release licence and (d) child care resettlement licence in each year between 1997 and 2006. (79024)

To provide the information required would involve a manual interrogation of the individual records for each prisoner. This could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, temporary release failures represent 0.1 per cent. of the number of licences issued each year. These failures include other breaches of licence conditions such as prisoners returning late from temporary release and prisoners returning under the influence of alcohol as well as commission of offences.