§ Sir David Steel
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the rate of reoffending by prisoners who have no secure residence to return to on their release; and what assessment he has made of the probable impact upon this rate of reoffending if housing benefit is restricted for single prisoners to a maximum of 13 weeks.
§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
There is no statistical information routinely available on the relationship between reoffending by prisoners and the type of accommodation to which they are released. It is therefore not possible to assess any effect on reoffending of changes to the rules on eligibility for housing benefit for single prisoners.