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Figures for both tables are taken from sample data, not necessarily in the same month each year. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. For data relating to offenders held over 100 miles from home, the data have been rounded.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of female offenders were placed in prison on remand in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) in 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: Data showing the number of females received into prison establishments on remand for the years 1997 to 2006 (latest available) can be found in table 1. These data are taken from the Offender Management Caseload Statistics.
It is not possible to provide information on the proportion of female offenders who are remanded in custody, as data on the number of female offenders come from a separate system, the Court Proceedings Database, and therefore are not comparable with the prison receptions data. However, the number of females found guilty at all courts for 1997 to 2006 (latest available), on a principal offence basis, is given in table 2. Data for 2008 are not yet available.
|Table 1: Number of females received into prison establishments on remand, 1997 to 2006, England and Wales|
|Number of females|
|(1) Awaiting commencement or continuation of trial prior to verdict.|
(2) Awaiting sentence
Data Sources and Quality: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level.
Offender Management Caseload Statistics
|Table 2: Number of females found guilty at all courts, 1997 to 2006( 1) , England and Wales|
|Number of females|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences at the same court proceeding, they have only been counted once in this table.|
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Court Proceedings Database
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women released from prison were reconvicted within two years in each of the last five years, broken down by the length of the original sentence; and if he will make a statement. 
|Total number of females discharged from prison||Actual rate of re-offending (percentage)||Number of female re-offenders|
|(1) No data available.|
For each year, statistical records on individual prison discharges and community sentence starts are matched to the Police National Computer to extract criminal history and re-offending information used to produce the published re-offending figures which cover probation and prison combined. The 2001 re-offending results are not available, because the probation data archive file for that year is corrupt and we have not matched prison discharges alone as re-offending figures for the combined dataset are the main performance measure used.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women prisoners had dependent children in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The National Offender Management Service does not routinely keep information on the number of prisoners that have dependent children. However, the 2003-04 resettlement survey commissioned by the then Prison Service Custody to Work Unit showed that half of all female prisoners had dependent children (including stepchildren), and that 46 per cent. of those women had lived with at least one dependent child before custody.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours a week of vocational training was provided on average to prisoners and juvenile offenders in each of the last five years, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: Vocational training data are included within the data collated for purposeful activity and are collated at the level of prison establishment. The following tables show the average number of hours of vocational training per week in prisons which predominately hold non juvenile prisoners and prisons which predominately hold juvenile prisoners in each of the last five full financial years.
|Average number of vocational training hours per week for prisoners in non juvenile prisons|
|Average number of vocational training hours per week for prisoners in juvenile prisons|
|(1 )No data available|
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