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Offenders: Coastal Areas

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the number of (a) ex-offenders living in the principal seaside towns, (b) ex-offenders per 10,000 population in such towns and (c) ex-offenders per 10,000 population nationally. (244316)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1238-39W, which stated:

“Prisons record the address to which discharged prisoners state they will be going, but are not able to confirm whether ex-offenders actually go to this address or whether they remain there.

Individual probation areas maintain records of offenders who are serving community punishments or who are under supervision following release from prison on licence, but do not generally keep records of ex-offenders. Those records that they do maintain are on an area basis rather than a specific town.

We therefore have no basis on which to estimate the number of ex-offenders living in specific locations.”