HC Deb 10 May 1999 vol 331 cc45-6W
Mr. Coleman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of incitement to racial hatred were(a) reported, (b) investigated and (c) the subject of arrest in (i) Hammersmith and (ii) Fulham police stations in (1) 1997 and (2) 1998. [79874]

Kate Hoey

[pursuant to her reply, 13 April 1999, c. 21-22]: I should like to point out that the figures in that answer, which were provided by the Metropolitan Police, were in fact figures for all racial incidents, and not for cases of incitement to racial hatred. The Metropolitan Police tell me that there was no offence of incitement to racial hatred recorded in either Hammersmith or Fulham Division during 1997 and 1998.

Mr. George Howarth

In the last two months, two life-sentenced prisoners failed to return to Sudbury from temporary release: one is still unlawfully at large; the other surrendered to the police in North Wales and has been charged with murder.

During the last six months, one life-sentenced prisoner absconded from Sudbury prison. He absconded on 5 March 1999 and surrendered to the police in Shrewsbury on 9 March 1999 with no further charges.

Also, during the last six months one other lifer failed to return from temporary release. The prisoner was arrested in Coventry and charged with shoplifting. This charge is not being proceeded with.