asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will give the number of prisoners who had escaped or absconded and who were still at large on 1 January 2007 and on the same date in each of the previous five years, showing separately the number who were category A prisoners. [HL1153]
Accurate figures for recaptured prisoners are available only at a disproportionate cost. However, validation of management information has shown that around three-quarters of all absconders are returned to prison within 12 months of absconding. There have been no category A escapes since 1995.