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Offenders: Learning Disability

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of state educated people with learning difficulties served prison sentences in each of the last 10 years; (125751)

(2) what percentage of people with learning difficulties in (a) England and (b) Lancashire have a criminal conviction;

(3) how many and what percentage of released prisoners with learning difficulties reoffended in each of the last 10 years;

(4) what percentage of convicted (a) murders, (b) rapists, (c) armed robbers and (d) perpetrators of fraud were recorded as having learning difficulties in each of the last 10 years.

Information about the percentage of people with learning difficulties that have served a prison sentence is not collected. However, in its evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on prison education the Disability Rights Commission states that between 20 and 50 per cent. of men in prison have a specific learning difficulty.