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Prisoners: Exservicemen

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners (a) detained on remand and (b) serving a custodial sentence were previously members of the armed forces in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (159440)

Data from nationally representative surveys of some 2,000 sentenced prisoners near release conducted in 2001, 2003 and 2004 show the proportion of prisoners who had previously served in the armed forces as 6 per cent., 4 per cent. and 5 per cent. respectively.