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Sexual Offences: Bail Accommodation and Support Service

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted sex offenders are resident in approved premises in England and Wales. (295841)

The number of sex offenders accommodated in approved premises in England and Wales will change on a daily basis. Offenders are managed in approved premises according to the risk of harm they currently present rather than their offending history, and it is on that basis that information is collated centrally. Statistical information about the type of offences committed by offenders residing in approved premises at any one time is therefore not collated centrally.

Approved premises provide for enhanced and effective supervision of certain high risk of harm offenders on release from custody which would be much more difficult to achieve if such offenders were dispersed into less suitable accommodation in the community.