Sexual Offences

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of sexual offenders in prison attended the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The number of sex offenders in prison and the number attending programmes constantly varies. Therefore the information is not available. In addition, not all sex offenders are suitable or eligible for the programme. The following table provides information on the number of sex offender treatment programme completions in the Prison Service, and data on the sex offender population(1) at 30 June of each year.

(1 )Defined as prisoners with an index offence of a sexual nature.

SOTP completions( 1) Sex offender population at 30 June( 2)
2001-02 867 5,107
2002-03 948 5,294
2003-04 1,157 5,540
2004-05 1,232 5,773
2005-06 1,152 6,185
(1) Figures includes both public and contracted sectors.

(2 )Immediate custodial sentenced population in prison establishments for sexual offences.

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