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Prisoners: Ex-service Personnel

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the prison population consists of ex-service personnel. [HL1255]

The information requested is not available. Data from nationally representative surveys of some 2,000 sentenced prisoners near release conducted in 2001, 2003 and 2004 showed the proportion of prisoners who had previously served in the Armed Forces in those years as 6 per cent, 4 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

We are currently exploring with the Ministry of Defence ways to better identify the number of veterans currently serving prison sentences as well as the factors associated with their offending. Subject to the proposed research complying with Government's data handling regulations, we understand that the Ministry of Defence would aim to publish preliminary findings by the end of 2009.