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This figure has been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing, and so the number has been rounded.
Mr. Straw: The database created to support the management of offenders serving indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection indicated on 15 July 2008 that, for those where there is a confirmed recorded tariff date, 794 had tariffs which have expired.
The database is necessarily a large administrative system tracking a changing and moving population and therefore may not be 100 per cent. accurate. It is updated at intervals rather than being a real time record.
Mr. Hanson: Records are not held of the number of prisoners granted temporary release. The number of temporary release licences issued in each year since 1997 from all prison establishments in England and Wales can be found in the following table:
|Number of temporary release licences issued|
These figures are taken from table 10.6 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006 copies of which
can be found in the House of Commons Library. The data above are the total of all individual licences issued. Some prisoners will be granted temporary release on a number of occasions and so will be issued with multiple licences over the course of a year.
Release on temporary licence is the mechanism that enables prisoners to participate in necessary activities, outside of the prison establishment, that directly contribute to their resettlement into the community and their development of a purposeful law abiding life. Prisoners are not granted temporary release unless they meet the eligibility criteria and pass a stringent risk assessment.
Maria Eagle: The National Offender Management Service is committed to increasing job opportunities and employment for prisoners on release. There are a currently a number of such schemes in Leeds including services provided by the West Yorkshire Probation Area and Department for Work and Pensions. At HMP Leeds itself a range of schemes are available to help prisoners into work including Jobcentre plus, a job club, a job linkto help retain employment for offenders with short sentences; annual job fairs and a range of vocational qualifications and preparation for work training programmes.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women gave birth to children while serving a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age of the mother and (b) prison establishment. 
|April 2005 to March 2006( 1)|
|Age of Prisoners|
|Age of Prisoners|
|(1) Total of 106 women gave birth.|
Age of three mothers were not recorded at HMP Styal.
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