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Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Eastleigh of 27 October 2009, Official Report, column 334W, on prisons: convictions, for what reasons the information requested is not held. (303463)

NOMS’ central reporting systems do not record this type of information. The only way to obtain this type of information would be to contact all Prison Service establishments, requesting a check of their local records. This would incur disproportionate cost. Details of prosecutions and convictions, moreover, are not directly the responsibility of NOMS.

However, from April 2009, indictable and triable-either-way offences contained in the Offender Management Act have been included in the Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime. Offences recorded by police will be published in next year’s annual statistical bulletin, Crime in England and Wales (July 2010).