§ Miss Widdecombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been released to date under the home detention curfew scheme; how many offenders convicted of each category of offence have been released; how many offenders convicted of(a) unlawful supply of a controlled drug and (b) possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply have been released on the scheme; how many have re-offended while on the scheme, and what offences have been committed; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Boateng
As of 13 March 2000, 17,871 prisoners have been placed on home detention curfew since the scheme commenced on 28 January 1999. The original offences committed by these prisoners, and the number of prisoners convicted of each type of offence, are shown in the table.
Of those prisoners released up to and including 13 March 2000, 969 were convicted of unlawful supply of a controlled drug and 1,238 were convicted of drugs possession with intent to supply.
As of 13 March 2000, the Prison Service had received notification of 185 curfewees who had been charged with an offence committed while subject to the home detention curfew scheme. The offences with which the curfewees were charged are shown in the table.
Original offences committed by prisoners released on home detention curfew Offence type Number Manslaughter 43 Other homicide and attempted homicide 150 Wounding 2,258 Assaults 441 Cruelty to children 21 Other violence against the person 235 Indecent assault 16 Buggery 1 Unlawful sexual intercourse 1 Abduction 1 Bigamy 10 Burglary 1,697 Robbery 717 Taking and driving away 216 Other theft 1,643 Handling stolen goods 563 Fraud 1,476 Forgery 77 Drugs 2,931 Arson 116 Criminal damage 82 In charge or driving under the influence of drink or drugs 617 Other motoring offences 1,530 Drunkenness 64 Blackmail 52 Kidnapping 26 Affray 472 Violent disorder 204 Perjury/libel/pervert the course of justice 267 Threat/disorderly behaviour 83
Original offenes committed by prisoners released on home detention curfew Offence type Number Breach of Court Order 187 Other offences 673 Offence not recorded 1,001 Total 17,871
Offences with which home detention curfewees have been charged Offence type Number Burglary, theft and theft from shops1 66 Assault 32 Driving and Traffic Offences 18 Drug Offences 15 Breach of the peace2 15 Criminal Damage 10 Handling Stolen Goods/Deception 9 Threatening Behaviour 7 Possession of an offensive weapon 3 Breach of court injunction or Restraining Order 3 Rape 2 Harassment 1 Going Equipped 1 False Imprisonment 1 Arson 1 Indecent Exposure 1 Total 185 1 Including taking without consent/taking and driving away. 2 Including Drunk and Disorderly.
Where a curfewee was charged with more than one offence, they appear in the table next to the most serious offence. The table excludes those where, following initial notification, the Prison Service was informed that the charges had been withdrawn. Between 29 February (the date for which the data in this table were last provided) and 13 March, the Prison Service was informed of six cases where the curfewee had been charged with a further offence and three cases where earlier charges had been withdrawn.