§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of offenders have committed further offences in the two years following the completion of their community service orders in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Information on reoffending rates is not available. In addition, standard methodology for measuring reconviction rates for all types of community penalty measures the rates from date of commencement of the penalty as opposed to the date of completion.726W
Two year reconviction rates following commencement of community service orders in the last five years for which data are available are shown in the table. Data for 1997 commencements are provisional.
Since 1995, community penalty reconviction rates have been based on a sample of commencements during the first quarter of the year.
Offenders reconvicted for standard list offences by year of commencement of a community service order Year of commencement Percentage reconvicted 1993 52 1994 48 19951 52 19961 50 19971 48 1 First quarter