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Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals there are in Northern Ireland who were released under the early release scheme in 1998 and following re-arrest or conviction are now in prison. (245138)

Of the 450 persons released ‘early’ on their sentences under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998, available information indicates that 13 persons are currently in prison following re-arrest and conviction. Of the 13, one is in prison in England and another is in prison in the Republic of Ireland. In addition a further person is in prison in Northern Ireland for breach of licence without having been convicted of a further offence and another is in prison in Northern Ireland on remand for alleged further offending.