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Prisoners

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners from (a) the UK, (b) Ireland and (c) other European Economic Area countries serving mandatory life sentences have been released in each of the last five years; (320068)

(2) how many offences of (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) other homicide, (d) attempted murder and (e) attempted rape had been committed by offenders on End of Custody Licence.

The information requested is currently being collated by officials. I will write to the hon. Member once this work is complete and place a copy of the letter in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners from (a) Ireland and (b) other European Economic Area countries with mandatory life sentences are subject to probation supervision with a residential address in the UK. (320069)

This information is no longer held centrally and to collate it now would require a manual checking of paper files held in local probation areas, which can be undertaken only at a disproportionate cost.

The life licence lasts for the rest of the offender's life. Therefore, any life sentence prisoner residing in the UK would be subject to immediate recall to custody if he breached the conditions of his life licence.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prosecutions have been brought following the discovery of pornographic or violent images on mobile phones seized from prisoners; (320101)

(2) whether any prisoner has been charged with corrupting a public official during the last 12 months.

The Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales. The Court Proceedings Database does not hold specific information on offences beyond descriptions provided by the statutes under which prosecutions are brought. Information available centrally on defendant’s proceeded against does not identify whether the defendant is a prisoner.