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Community Orders

Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many arrest warrants issued in respect of breaches of the terms of community sentences are outstanding; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many warrants in respect of breach of community orders have been outstanding for (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12 months and two years, (c) between two and three years, (d) between three and four years, (e) between four and five years and (f) five years or more.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not hold information centrally on the number of warrants in respect of breach of community orders that have been outstanding for the periods asked for. Data are available on the number of warrants outstanding and the number of arrest warrants that were issued as at 30 April 2009 for England and Wales. These are set out in the table. These data come from an internal management system that was developed and introduced in October 2005, which is subject to minimal levels of quality assurance and is based on the data currently available.

Community penalty breach warrants—as at 30 April 2009
England and Wales Number
Outstanding warrants for breaches of community orders 7,982
Number of arrest warrants issued 7,545

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