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Warrants

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrest warrants were outstanding in respect of (a) unpaid fines, (b) breaches of community orders and (c) revocation of parole licences in each probation area in England and Wales on the latest date for which figures are available. (276317)

I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Justice does not hold information centrally on the number of arrest warrants outstanding with regard to category (a) in your question. In relation to category (b), I can provide the data in the first table which are the outstanding warrants for breaches of community orders, by area, as at 31 March 2009. These data come from an internal management system that was developed and introduced in October 2005. The data have yet to be fully quality assured and are based on the information currently available.

In relation to category (c), the number of offenders who have been recalled up to and including 30 June 2008 but not returned to custody by 26 June 2009 is outlined in the second table. These data have been compiled by reconciling data from the Police National Computer (PNC), Prison Service Inmate Information System (IIS) and the Public Protection Unit Database (PPUD). The reconciled data has been circulated to all police forces and probation areas to cross check against local records. In addition to the audited data we can also say that as at 26 June 2009, of those offenders recalled between 1 July 2008 and 31 March 2009, 342 offenders had not yet been returned to custody. These figures are provisional, un-audited and have not been approved by Local Criminal Justice Boards.

Community penalty breach warrants as at 31 March 2009

Area

Outstanding warrants for breaches of community orders

Avon and Somerset

105

Bedfordshire

58

Cambridgeshire

207

Cheshire

97

Cleveland

60

Cumbria

18

Derbyshire

102

Devon and Cornwall

67

Dorset

21

Durham

42

Dyfed-Powys

17

Essex

193

Gloucestershire

80

Greater London

2,483

Greater Manchester

683

Gwent

77

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

213

Hertfordshire

39

Humberside

61

Kent

141

Lancashire

85

Leicestershire

71

Lincolnshire

64

Merseyside

178

Norfolk

63

North Wales

98

North Yorkshire

35

Northamptonshire

71

Northumbria

129

Nottinghamshire

152

South Wales

301

South Yorkshire

127

Staffordshire

72

Suffolk

44

Surrey

35

Sussex

144

Thames Valley

224

Warwickshire

62

West Mercia

72

West Midlands

481

West Yorkshire

200

Wiltshire

40

LCJB area

Number of offenders whose licences were revoked on or before 30 June 2008 and were not returned to custody by 26 June 2009

Avon and Somerset

10

Bedfordshire

10

Cambridgeshire

9

Cheshire

5

Cleveland/Teesside

2

Cumbria

0

Derbyshire

5

Devon and Cornwall

5

Dorset

6

Durham

2

Dyfed-Powys

0

Essex

15

Gloucester

2

Greater Manchester

27

Gwent

4

Hampshire

8

Hertfordshire

10

Humberside

3

Kent

15

Lancashire

8

Leicestershire

10

Lincolnshire

3

London

218

Merseyside

17

Norfolk

5

North Wales

3

North Yorkshire

2

Northamptonshire

3

Northumbria

5

Nottinghamshire

8

South Wales

14

South Yorkshire

13

Staffordshire

4

Suffolk

6

Surrey

6

Sussex

18

Thames Valley

21

Warwickshire

8

West Mercia

5

West Midlands

57

West Yorkshire

13

Wiltshire

0

Not specified1

27

Total

612

1 These are not specified due to old records not containing address information. These offenders have been allocated to the area of last known address on the Police National Computer for operational purposes.