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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): The information requested is not immediately available, but is being obtained. I shall write with it to the noble Lord and place a copy of the letter in the Library.
Baroness Blatch: Paragraph 345 of the Immigration Rules (HC395) makes clear that, if the Secretary of State is satisfied that there is a safe country to which an asylum applicant can be sent, his application will normally be refused without substantive consideration of his claim to refugee status.
Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking what proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners serving sentences during 1994 had no previous convictions; one or two previous convictions; and three and more previous convictions, respectively.
The information requested is given in the attached table. More detailed information for adult males, adult females and male young offenders will be contained in the 1994 edition of Prison Statistics, England and Wales (tables 3.6, 4.2 and 5.2), which is due to be published on 9 February, a copy of which will be placed in the Library of the House.
|Males and females||Population||Previous history not found(3)||No previous(2) convictions||One or two(2) previous convictions||Three or more(2) previous convictions|
(1) Excludes fine defaulters and is based on samples of 6,675 males and 1,297 females.
(2) Relates to convictions for "standard list" offences only. These offences include all indictable offences and some of the more serious summary offences.
(3) Information on prisoners was matched to records on the Home Office Offenders Index. In some cases no set of matching records can be found. A prisoner may not be matched because he or she may not have been sentenced to a "standard list" offence and has no previous record for such offences or alternatively there may be an inconsistency between personal details held on the Offenders Index and those held on prison records.