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Departmental Statistics

Volume 597: debated on Tuesday 16 June 2015

A typographical error has been identified in the table attached to the written statement I provided to the House on 11 June 2015.

The table showed revised figures for the percentage of prisoners in crowded and doubled conditions, following errors in how the figures had been collated dating back to 2008-09. The revised doubling figure for 2013-14 was incorrectly presented as 24.5% of prisoners held. This figure was a duplicate of the 2014-15 doubling figure. The correct figure for the number of prisoners held in doubled conditions in 2013-14 is 23.2%. All other figures in the table are correct.

The table below shows the national figures for crowding and doubling, with the correct figure for 2013-14.

Percentage of Prisoners in Crowded or Doubled Conditions

Financial Year

Crowding Figures

Doubling Figures

2008-09

25.3%

24.2%

2009-10

24.6%

23.6%

2010-11

24.2%

23.3%

2011-12

25.1%

24.1%

2012-13

23.9%

23.0%

2013-14

24.1%

23.2%

2014-15

25.5%

24.5%

I have been reassured that this mistake was the result of an administrative error rather than any more serious flaw in how the Department collates statistics. Once again, I sincerely apologise to the House for this mistake.

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