HC Deb 04 April 1963 vol 675 c605
5. Miss Quennell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those prisoners who have served sentences of one year or more subsequently suffer a further conviction.

Mr. Woodhouse

The information available about reconvictions of Star prisoners is given in a table on page 174 of the Prison Commissioners' Annual Report for 1961. I regret that similar information for other prisoners is not available.

Miss Quennell

But would not my hon. Friend agree that in the study of criminology and its treatment the compilation of statistics of this nature would be very helpful to his Department?

Mr. Woodhouse

I agree that statistics can be very useful, but one must place some limit on the quantity of statistics collected. Those which the Prison Commissioners published in the Report to which I have referred include the information which my hon. Friend seeks, though not in the detail for which her Question asks.