§ Mr. Charles Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research findings there are on the reconviction rates of offenders who have received attendance centre sentences.
§ Mr. Brittan
There were two early studies of the reconviction rates of boys given attendance centre orders in the late 1950s and early 1960s and the report of the Advisory Council on the Penal System on "non-Custodial and Semi-Custodial Penalties" gave reconviction data on youths passing through the senior attendance centres in 1962 to 1965. The most recent information on reconviction rates relates to offenders given senior attendance centre orders in 1973. This was published in chapter 10 of "Prison Statistics, England and Wales 1977" (Cmnd. 7286). Some information about reconviction rates for offenders given attendance centre orders in January 1971 will be included in chapter 3 of "Previous Convictions, Sentence and Reconviction", No. 53 in the Home Office "Research Studies", which is due to be published in December.