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Approved Premises

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people housed in approved premises are categorised as (a) high and (b) very high risk in each region; and if he will make a statement. (188355)

As at 31 December 2007, the number of residents housed in approved premises in England and Wales categorised as (a) high risk of harm was 1,329, representing 69 per cent. of the total number of residents at that date. The number categorised as (b) very high risk of harm was 95, representing 5 per cent. These figures do not include the prospects approved premises, which are a specialist resource for offenders with substance misuse problems. If such offenders were not placed in approved premises, they would fall to be supervised elsewhere in the community. Staff in approved premises are trained in risk assessment and risk management and work closely with offender managers and with the police, in order to protect the public.

The regional profile of offenders, by risk of harm, was as follows:

High risk of harm (a)Very high risk of harm (b)

Region

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

East

94

67

2

1

East Midlands

108

71

17

11

London

229

85

7

3

North East

86

72

17

14

North West

281

81

12

3

South East

94

48

6

3

South West

77

52

9

6

Wales

62

74

7

8

West of Midlands

119

54

9

4

Yorkshire and Humberside

179

74

9

4

Total

1,329

69

95

5