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Sexual Offences: Registration

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on the sex offenders' register in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (246331)

The number of sex offenders in Northern Ireland subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was as follows:

As at 31 March each year

Number

2008

774

2007

670

2006

620

2005

544

The majority of persons who come under the notification requirements are subject to a notification period of five years or more and the annual increase largely reflects the number of new convictions.

A breakdown of figures for sex offenders subject to the notification requirements was not recorded on an annual basis until 2005. I am not, therefore, able to provide the information requested for 2004.