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Violent and Sex Offender Register

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals (a) convicted of a sex offence (b) imprisoned for more than 12 months for violence and (c) assessed as being high risk there are on the Violent and Sex Offenders Register; and how many times the database has been accessed in each year since 1997. (195613)

As at 19 March 2008, ViSOR contained 58,722 persons categorised as being a “Registered Sexual Offender” (subject to notification requirements) or an “Other Sexual Offender” (not subject to notification requirements). This will include offenders who are in custody and those in the community, and those who are currently required to be supervised and those who are not. It also contained 3,906 persons categorised as being a “Violent Offender” and a total of 14,647 persons recorded as being managed as a “High Risk” or “Very High Risk” person.

It should be noted that ViSOR is a live system used by the police, and is currently subject to a national roll-out to the National Offender Management Service. As such, it does not yet contain all violent offenders or other sexual offenders.

Further statistical data on sexual and violent offenders in England and Wales are published in local multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) reports which have been issued annually for the past six years. These are available in the House Library and at:

http://www.probation.justice.gov.uk/output/page30.asp

ViSOR is a web-based operational management system that is in continuous use. It is not possible to provide a meaningful statistic relating to the number of times the database has been accessed.