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End of Custody Licence Scheme

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects on the size of the prison population of ending the end of custody licence scheme; and if he will make a statement. (323400)

The end of custody licence scheme was withdrawn on 12 March. This is expected to increase the prison population by an additional 1,000 to 1,200 prisoners by the end of April, as those who would have been released serve an additional 18 days in custody. Sufficient headroom exists to accommodate these prisoners within existing capacity.