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Criminal Investigation

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government collects data on the number of people released under investigation for each category of offence.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office collects data from forces on the number of individuals released on pre-charge bail. The most recent statistics were published on 24 October 2019 www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2019. Due to data quality issues, these statistics can give an indicative picture only, and should be treated with caution. Figures suggest 86,600 individuals were released on pre-charge bail year ending 31 March 2019.

Work is ongoing to improve this data collection, and to explore a separate but complementary collection on released under investigation.

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