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Prisoners

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 57W, on prisoners, how many crimes were committed by people released from prison before the end of their sentence in 2005-06. (76915)

Information on the number of prisoners released on parole licence who were recalled to prison in 2005-06 because of being charged with a further offence will be published in the Parole Board annual report for 2005-06 available towards the end of 2006. In the year 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, around 16,600 prisoners were released on home detention curfew, according to the prison IT system. By the end of May 2006 the Home Office had been notified of 965 offences, reported as committed during the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, for which a prisoner on HDC had been cautioned, convicted or was awaiting prosecution (which may not result in a conviction). This figure will change in future as further reports are received of acquittals, charges dropped, further offences identified, or convictions.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the breakdown of the prison population was in terms of (a) ethnic background, (b) religion, (c) age and (d) sex in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (82935)

Information on the breakdowns requested of the prison population is to be found in tables 8.4, 8.4a, 8.5, and 8.6 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library. The internet tables for Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004 are available at the following internet address:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/omcs.html.