Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Questions (317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327)

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

357 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for non-payment of fines; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17451/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

There are 323 persons currently in prison for non-payment of a fine. This includes 53 persons in respect of whom the non-payment of the fine is the principal basis for their imprisonment.

Records are not maintained in such a way as to provide this information in respect of the earlier dates referred to in the Question. Compilation of that information would require expenditure of an inordinate amount of time and cost.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

358 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently imprisoned for debt-related offences; and the number of persons in prison for such offences on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17452/06]

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There are 13 persons currently in prison for debt-related offences. This includes 6 persons in respect of whom the debt-related offence is the principal basis for their imprisonment.

Records are not maintained in such a way as to provide this information in respect of the earlier dates referred to in the Question. Compilation of that information would require expenditure of an inordinate amount of time and cost.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

359 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for sentences of less than three months duration; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17453/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

360 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for sentences of less than one months duration; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17454/06]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 359 and 360, inclusive, together.

There are 131 persons currently serving prison sentences of less than three months duration, of whom 39 are serving sentences of less than one month. The corresponding statistics in respect of the earlier dates referred to in the Questions are not readily available. I would, however, refer the Deputy to the annual reports of the Irish Prison Service in the Oireachtas Library which contain statistics of prisoner committals categorised by sentence length, in respect of certain dates in the years in question as well as the total number of committals for less than three months in each year since 2001, inclusive.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

361 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for speeding offences; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and the 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17455/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

362 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for drink driving offences; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17456/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

363 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for road traffic offences other than speeding or drink driving offences; the nature of those offences; the number of persons in prison in respect of each; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17457/06]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 361 to 363, inclusive, together.

The number of persons currently in prison for speeding offences, drink driving offences and other road traffic offences are 8, 69 and 994 respectively. 756 of these 1,071 persons were also committed to prison on conviction on foot of other offences.

The corresponding statistics in respect of the earlier dates referred to in the Questions are not readily available. I would, however, refer the Deputy to the annual reports of the Irish Prison Service in the Oireachtas Library which contain statistics of committals to prison on foot of conviction on road traffic offences.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

364 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for offences under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997; the nature of those offences; the number of persons in prison in respect of each; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17458/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

365 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for offences under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acts 1994 and 2003; the nature of those offences; the number of persons in prison in respect of each; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17459/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

366 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for offences under the Criminal Law (Rape) Acts, 1981 and 1990; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17460/06]

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Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

367 Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons currently in prison for offences under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001; the nature of those offences; the number of persons in prison in respect of each; and the number of such persons in prison on 31 December and 30 June for each of 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000. [17461/06]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 364 to 367, inclusive, together.

Prison committal records are not maintained in such a way as to provide offence-related information categorised by individual statutes. However, I can inform the Deputy that the numbers of persons currently in prison following conviction on sexual offences and public order-type offences are 270 and 166 respectively. The number of persons currently serving a sentence in respect of a non-fatal offence against the person is 1,140. It is not possible to readily identify the total number of committals to prison in respect of fraud and theft offences.

Corresponding statistics, insofar as they are available, in respect of certain dates in the earlier years referred to in the Questions are contained in annual reports of the Irish Prison Service for those years, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas library.

Question No. 368 answered with QuestionNo. 331.