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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many registered paedophiles are at large in Northern Ireland; what measures are taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and other agencies to ensure the safety of the public; and if he will make a statement. (78495)

There are currently 646 sex offenders in Northern Ireland subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Police collate statistics in accordance with the Home Office counting rules which relate to crime type and not to age of victim. The police estimate that some 60 per cent. of sex offenders have committed sexual offences against children. All offenders are subject to individual risk assessment and management under the multi-agency sex offender and risk management (MASRAM) procedures. At an operational level the police and other agencies are fully aware of the nature of each individual offender's offending behaviour including whether this involved offences against children.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of repeat offending by known paedophiles have occurred in Northern Ireland in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (80114)

I attach high priority to the protection of the public and particularly children from any risks posed by sex offenders. Statistics from the 2001 adult reconviction dataset indicate that no sex offender was subsequently reconvicted for a sexual offence within two years after their date of discharge in 2001. Reconviction data are not yet available in respect of those convicted after 2001.