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Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) first time offenders and (b) re-offenders were arrested and subsequently charged in (i) Bridgend constituency, (ii) the South Wales police authority area, (iii) Wales and (iv) England in each of the last five years. (144293)

The information requested is not available. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) holds an extract of data from the police national computer (PNC) which is used to provide data on proven re-offending. Because of the focus on re-offending the data held is largely for cases which resulted in a conviction or a caution, although it also includes information on cases that are still pending at the time the data is extracted from the PNC. Details of cases which on completion do not result in a caution or conviction are not held. This dataset cannot therefore be used to provide comprehensive information on arrests or charges.

The main arrests collection held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform covers persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences). It does not however include information about whether or not the offenders had previously committed offences.