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Life Imprisonment: Prisoners Release

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 485W, on life imprisonment: prisoners release, and with reference to the answer of 12 June 2006, Official Report, column 1035W, on life sentences, for what reasons it was not possible to provide the information requested. (205100)

To provide the information requested would require data matching between different sources of information, and manual checking of individual records which could be carried out only at disproportionate cost. Data migration for the Department's new database is currently underway and will be subject to data quality assurance. I will write to the hon. Member within the next few weeks, to provide the information that will be available from it, where relevant.