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Offenders: Personal Records

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1536W, on offenders: personal records, what his Department plans to do with the data once it completes its analysis of the final cohort; (257003)

(2) how many offenders there were on the Offenders Index when it was last updated.

There were about 8 million offenders on the Offenders Index database in December 2006. The Department no longer uses the Offender Index to provide routine data on reoffending and criminal history. We are currently analysing the final cohort of offenders extracted from the Offenders Index which are based on data up to December 2006. The Department has no plans for a further update but will retain the data after completion and publication of the analysis.

Since 2005, the Ministry of Justice has been using data extracted from its Police National Computer database to provide the published figures on reoffending.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1536W, on offenders: personal records, whether his Department plans to delete any of the data which are not being used. (258229)

The Department no longer uses the Offenders Index to provide routine data on reoffending and criminal history; we now use data extracted from the Police National Computer to provide the published figures on reoffending. We are currently analysing the final cohort of offenders extracted from the Offenders Index. Although we do not plan to use the Offenders Index in future we have no plans to delete any of the data as there is a range of possible future uses for them.