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Armed Forces: Prisoners

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were serving sentences in military prisons, at the latest date for which figures are available. (203671)

As at 1 May, there were 145 British service personnel serving sentences at the Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester.

The Military Corrective Training Centre is not a prison. It is a military unit established for military corrective training. The majority of detainees are not sentenced for criminal offences, and return to their military duties on release; for example, a soldier would be sent there as a punishment for going absent without leave.