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Prisoners Release

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many early releases under the End of Custody Licence release scheme there have been from each prison in each month since the scheme came into effect, broken down by original offence; and if he will make a statement. (269764)

Information on the number of prisoners released under the End of Custody Licence (ECL) scheme each month by (a) prison establishment, and separately (b) offence group have been placed in the House Library. To produce a table that showed a combined breakdown of the number of ECL releases each month by offence group in each prison establishment would incur disproportionate cost.

The figures presented in the answer are published monthly and available on the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/endofcustodylicence.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.