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Ministerial Correction

Monday 1 September 2008

Justice

Prisoners Release

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who were released under the End of Custody Licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007 had previously been refused parole or release on home detention curfew. [149328]

[Official Report, 16 July 2007, Vol. 463, c. 146W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Hanson to Mr. Garnier:

I am writing to you regarding a Parliamentary Question that I responded to on 16 July 2007, concerning the number of prisoners released under the End of Custody Licence scheme who had previously been refused parole or release on Home Detention Curfew, during the initial implementation of the scheme. Unfortunately officials have recently identified that the number given in the original answer was overstated as 951 due to a calculation error (copy of Hansard extract below). The correct figure was 366. I apologise for the error in the answer originally provided, and have arranged for a correction to appear in the Official Report as soon as possible.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who were released under the End of Custody Licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007
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had previously been refused parole or release on home detention curfew. [149328]

Mr. Hanson: Parole applies to prisoners serving sentences of four years or more. Prisoners are eligible for consideration for End of Custody Licence if they have been sentenced to less than four years. No prisoner released under End of Custody Licence would have previously been refused parole during their current sentence.

Of the 1,390 prisoners release under End of Custody Licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007, 951 have previously been refused release on home detention curfew.

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 your information I enclose a copy of the answer provided on 7 July 2008 to a similar PQ (216953) asked by the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd).

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been released on end of custody licence who had previously been refused a home detention curfew. [216953]

Mr. Straw: Of the 28,879 prisoners release under End of Custody Licence between 29 June 2007 and 31 May 2008, the latest date for which this figure is available, around 5,300 had previously been refused release on home detention curfew.

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.


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