asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were on custodial remand at the latest date for which figures are available; and of these, how many have been imprisoned for one month or less, one and up to three months, three and up to six months, and more than six months.
On 30th September 1978, 3,941 persons were remanded in custody awaiting trial in prison department establishments in England and Wales. The information available on the length of time they had spent in custody is given in the following table:
|Prisoners awaiting trial on30th September 1978 by time already spent in custody
|Number of Persons
|Less than or equal to one month
|Over one month and up to and including three months
|Over three months and up to and including six months
|Over six months and up to and including nine months
|Over nine months
|*Rounded estimates; precise figures are not available.