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Bail Accommodation and Support Service

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) offenders on home detention curfew and (b) defendants on bail have used the Bail Accommodation and Support Service since June 2007; (252832)

(2) in which local authority ward each Bail Accommodation and Support Service property is located.

The service commenced on 18 June 2007. Up to 26 January 2009, 1,073 offenders on Home Detention Curfew and 1,385 defendants on bail have been placed in the service. Of these 1,048 offenders on Home Detention Curfew and 1,292 defendants on bail have been provided with housing.

It is not our practice to publicise the precise whereabouts of the properties, which are the private rented homes of those living in them. When a property is brought into use the hon. Member in whose constituency it is located is advised of the local authority ward. The local authority is given the address and the opportunity to comment on its suitability before a property is brought into use. A list of constituencies and postcode areas was provided on 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 911W in answer to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert).