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Prisoners

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in adult prisons had previously been (a) children in care, (b) children in foster care and (c) adopted children in each of the last five years. (207072)

In response to part (a) of the question, I refer the hon. Member to my answer given on 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 391W, to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).

Information on the total number of prisoners in all prison establishments in England and Wales who were in local authority care at some point when under the age of 16 is not centrally available.

However, a Social Exclusion Unit report “Reducing re-offending by ex-prisoners” published in 2002 reported that 27 per cent. of the prison population had been taken into care as a child against an average across the general population of 2 per cent.

In response to parts (b) and (c), there is no available information on which to provide an answer.