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Prisoners Release

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 18 to 24-year-olds released from prison received support under (a) section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and (b) section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 immediately on their release in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009. (295834)

Data on the release of offenders who subsequently receive accommodation related support from both local authorities and community care services are not routinely collected by NOMS. Additionally, approximately 55 per cent. of all sentenced releases from custody do not receive a period of statutory supervision. Therefore there is no facility for recording such information and to provide the data requested would be at disproportionate cost.