Armed Forces: Offenders

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former prisoners who have received a custodial sentence have been recruited into the armed forces in each of the last three years.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Custodial sentences over 30 months (considered unspent) are a permanent bar to recruitment into the armed forces.

The number of former prisoners who have received a custodial sentence of less than 30 months that have been recruited into the armed forces in each of the last three years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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