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Offenders: Personal Records

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 918W, on offenders: personal records, whether the Offenders Index is updated regularly; and when it was last updated. (254832)

The Department no longer uses the Offenders Index to provide routine data on reoffending and criminal history. We are currently analysing the final cohorts of offenders extracted from the Offenders Index which are based on data up to December 2006. The Ministry of Justice has no plan for further updates.

Since 2005, the Ministry of Justice has been using data extracted from its police national computer database to provide the published figures on reoffending. This database is updated weekly.