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Life Imprisonment: Prisoner Release

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sentenced to life since 1997 have been released from custody. (178749)

To provide the information requested would require manual checking of individual records which could be carried out only at disproportionate cost. The Department is developing a new database that will allow it to accurately capture the information requested. The new database is currently going live in the Public Protection Unit, and it is expected that data migration will be completed by April, subject to data quality assurance. The information requested will not be available until April at the very earliest.