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Offenders: Personal Records

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have a record held on the Government's Offender Index database. (253783)

The Offenders Index holds data on court appearances in England and Wales since 1963. We cannot give a reliable figure for the total number of offenders included as we no longer use the database, except for analysis of selected cohorts. The Offenders Index was formerly used to provide estimates of reoffending rates, but since 2005, the Department has used data from the Police National Computer to provide its published figures on reoffending.