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Prisoners: Elderly

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners aged 60 years or over there were on average in each of the last 10 years; (257569)

(2) how many prisoners aged 60 or over were serving a sentence for a sexual offence on average in each of the last 10 years.

Figures showing the total number of prisoners aged 60 and over detained in all prison establishments in England and Wales and the total number of those within the same age group serving a sentence for a sexual offence from June 1998 to June 2007 (latest available) can be found in the table.

These figures are taken from tables within the publications “Prison statistics, England and Wales” and the “Offender Management Caseload Statistics”, copies of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can also be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Population in prison establishments1 under sentence, by age group and offence2 England and Wales, June 1998 to June 2007

Age group and offence

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Aged 60 and over

908

1,073

1,154

1,235

1,383

1,441

1,528

1,623

1,765

2,027

Of which:

Under sentence for sexual offences2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

840

867

925

974

1,114

n/a = Data not available.

1 Excludes police cells.

2 Includes: buggery and indecency between males; rape; gross indecency with children and other sexual offences.

Notes:

1. Data for all prisoners aged 60 and over includes fine defaulters.

2. Data sources and quality—These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.