Criminal Records

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people have a criminal record, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) ethnicity.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Government Equalities office) (also in the Ministry of Justice), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

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Figures on the proportions of the population with a criminal history in England and Wales can be found in "Criminal careers of those born between 1953 and 1978" at

The bulletin gives figures for offenders who have had a court conviction for a 'standard list' offence. 'Standard list' offences include all indictable and certain of the more serious summary offences. The publication follows those born in the years 1953, 1958, 963, 1968, 1973 and 1978.

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