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Ex-servicemen: Prisoners

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology his Department uses to determine the number of veterans in prison in England and Wales. (321207)

The number of veterans in prison in England and Wales, which has been estimated at just over 2,200, was determined by matching a database of all remand and sentenced prisoners aged 18 and over from the Ministry of Justice, around 81,000 offenders as at November 2009, against a database of Service leavers (Regulars only) from my Department, some 1.3 million records. The variables available for matching were surname, forename, middle name, date of birth and gender.

The full report of the matching by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) is available in the Library of the House or the following website: .php ?page=48&thiscontent=540&pubType=3&date=2010-01-25&disText=Single%20Report&from=historic&topDate =2010-01-25 &PublishTime=16:00:00