asked the Secretary of State for the Home Depar tment how many women were imprisoned during 1974; how many of them served their sentences in open prisons; and how many are currently serving sentences in excess of three years.
The provisional figures for 1974 are that 1,426 women aged 21 and over were received into prison on sentence in England and Wales. The number includes those committed in default of payment of a fine. Of those, 353 have served, or are serving, some of their sentence in an open prison. 30 are currently serving sentences in excess of three years.