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Maria Eagle: An operational emergency may result from a range of scenarios involving the management of prisoners and the prison estate. For specific purposes, the term operational emergency is defined in two documents. Bulletin 8, setting out terms and conditions of employment for prison officers, defines an operational emergency as a protracted emergency attendance involving the majority of available stafffor example, concerted indiscipline or passive demonstration.
Schedule III of the Joint Industrial Relations Procedural Agreement between the Prison Service and the Prison Officers Association defines an operational emergency as an occasion where staff will be required to act contrary to the terms of an agreement whether national or local, when events make such action necessary having been identified as a clear operational emergency.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners recalled from release on end of custody licence (ECL) for reoffending have been convicted of offences committed while on ECL; and what offences have been so committed; 
(2) how many prisoners released on end of custody licence were recalled (a) to each prison and (b) in each prison region for reoffending from (i) 29 June to 5 July, (ii) 6 July to 31 July, (iii) 1 August to 31 August, (iv) 1 September to 30 September and (v) 1 October to 31 October. 
Mr. Hanson: 56 prisoners recalled from the End of Custody Licence scheme for re-offending have been convicted for offences committed while on ECL according to information provided by the Police National Computer on 26 November 2007. Expressed in percentage terms, 0.5 per cent. of offenders released on ECL have been convicted of offences committed while on ECL.
Between 29 June and 31 October 120 prisoners were recalled for alleged reoffending during the period they were subject to the end of custody licence scheme. This represents 1 per cent. of the prisoners released onto the scheme. According to data held on the Prison Service Inmate Information System, 110 of these have been returned to custody. Table 1 shows the establishments to which the 110 prisoners were returned to. The figure in brackets denotes the number of offenders returned to that establishment in the specific month. Table 2 shows the breakdown by region.
|Table 1: Prisons to which offenders recalled for alleged re-offending were returned|
|Table 2: Number of prisoners returned to custody following recall for alleged reoffending while on ECL, as broken down by Prison Service regions|
|Prison region||29 June-5 July||6-31 July||1-31 August||1-30 September||1-31 October|
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