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Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences of (a) murder, (b) attempted murder, (c) rape, (d) attempted rape and (e) homicide have been committed by offenders on release on temporary licence in each of the last five years. (252836)

To provide the information requested would involve the manual examination of many hundreds of individual records which could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much in subsistence payments has been made by (a) prison governors and (b) his Department to offenders on end of custody licence in each of the last 12 months. (252838)

The available information is shown in the accompanying table. Figures for subsistence paid locally are collated on a quarterly basis; breaking this figure down monthly would entail revisiting local records at disproportionate cost. Figures for more recent months are not yet available.

When the end of custody licence (ECL) scheme was first introduced, offenders released for the maximum of 18 days received their subsistence payments in instalments through the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), who make payments on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. Offenders released for less than 18 days were paid in full by prisons on release. From 23 June 2008, payment in instalments by DWP was extended to offenders spending 15 days or more on ECL, and the effect of this is shown in the table. From 15 December, payment in instalments by DWP has been further extended to offenders spending eight days or more on ECL.

£

Month

Paid centrally by Department of Work and Pensions on behalf of MoJ

Paid locally by prison establishments

October 2007

119,125.92

1449,634

November 2007

130,745.76

1

December 2007

94,444.40

1

January 2008

111,402.96

1440.380

February 2008

90,102.48

1

March 2008

83,209.52

1

April 2008

121,398.35

1418.100

May 2008

86,914.00

1

June 2008

142,591.96

1

July 2008

213,625.39

1282.952

August 2008

172,167.36

1

September 2008

216,541.81

1

Total

1,582,269.91

11,591,066

1 Figure shown covers the three rows.