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Crime: Community Service

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will consider using persons sentenced to do community service for clearing litter along roads. [HL1521]

It is already the case that probation areas require persons sentenced to unpaid work (the current name for community service) to undertake projects that involve clearing litter. Unpaid work must not replace paid employment.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total number of hours of community service carried out by offenders in each of the past five years. [HL1522]

A broad estimate of the number of hours of unpaid work (formerly community service) that are carried out by offenders on behalf of the community each year is given in the table below. The data are available only for the past three years and are estimated on the basis of the actual hours ordered and the rate of successful completions. All figures are gathered from large scale administrative systems which may be subject to input errors.

Year

Estimated Hours Worked (millions)

2006/07

6.7

2005/06

6.3

2004/05

5.2