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Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of those entering prisons in England and Wales to serve a custodial sentence in 2006 had served a custodial sentence previously; (178697)

(2) what percentage of those given a custodial sentence had (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more previous community sentences in each of the last three years.

The information requested is not available in this form. In previous years information has been published annually in Sentencing Statistics showing the average number of previous convictions/cautions by type of current sentence; the most recently published is for 2005.

My Department is currently conducting a review of the data and methods used to compile these figures, and it is hoped that figures for 2006 and revised figures for earlier years will be published on the Ministry’s website later this year.