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Crimes of Violence: Ex-servicemen

Justice written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Laura Sandys Laura Sandys Conservative, South Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of former armed service personnel who were convicted of violent offences in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice court proceedings database holds information on offences provided by the statutes under which proceedings are brought but not all the circumstances of each case. It is not possible to identify from this centrally held court proceedings information whether a defendant was formerly a member of Her Majesty's armed forces.

However, in January 2010 the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) published the initial results of a joint study to estimate how many prisoners in England and Wales had been in the regular armed forces. In September 2010 a more detailed report was published.

These reports were based on a one-off study, matching MOJ prison population and MOD veterans data to estimate the number of veterans in prison as at 6 November 2009. A similar one-off study was carried out to estimate the number of veterans under Probation Service supervision, with results published on 16 March 2011; the scope of this study did not include estimating the number of court reports relating to former armed service personnel.

All of these reports can be found under the Veterans section of the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) website:

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