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Prisoners: Elderly

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there are over 65 years old, broken down by category of offence committed. (148402)

The following table shows the number of prisoners aged 65 and over serving immediate custodial sentences by offence group.

Prisoners1 within England and Wales aged 65 and over by offence category, May 2007

Number

All

1,003

Violence against the person

185

Sexual offences

642

Robbery

5

Burglary

7

Theft and handling

6

Fraud and forgery

15

Drug offences

72

Motoring offences

5

Other offences

65

Offence not recorded

2

1 Under immediate custodial sentence.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.