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Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of lifer programmes in dealing with prisoners on an indefinite sentence of public protection with a short minimum term; (135849)

(2) how many and what percentage of prisoners on an indefinite sentence of public protection are part of a lifer programme; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to the reply, 15 May 2007, Official Report, c. 711W]: I erroneously informed the hon. Member that of the 8,300 completions of accredited offending behaviour programmes in custody in 2006-07, approximately 320 were by prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of public protection. The latter figure should in fact have read approximately 460 completions. Taking account of those who completed more than one course, this involved approximately 420 prisoners.

The reason for the error is that the earlier information did not relate to a full year.