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Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many men, women and juveniles, respectively, are currently imprisoned in Northern Ireland; and what were the numbers at the same time in 1968.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 13th November 1978; Vol. 958, c. 121], gave the following information:On 29th October 1978, the most recent date for which detailed figures are available, there were 2,688 men, 77 women and 25 juveniles held in prisons in Northern Ireland. On this date there were also 38 persons held in police custody because of the industrial action then being taken by prison officers.On 31st October 1968 there were 626 men and 15 women. No separate figures are available for juveniles in prison at that time.In both cases the figures exclude persons serving sentences of Borstal training.