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Prison Population

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners are at present incarcerated in Her Majesty's prison at the Maze, county

13 November
19791978197719761975
Church of Ireland536365102169
Presbyterian35504487113
Methodist210111424
Roman Catholic6280208257361
Others48152947
TOTALS156211343489714
The religious breakdown for the years before 1975 is not readily available.

Antrim; how many of them are registered as belonging to the Protestant churches; how many of them are registered as belonging to the Roman Catholic Church; and how these figures compare with those since the prison was opened.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 November 1979, c. 783]: On 13 November 1979 there were a total of 1,571 prisoners in Maze prison. The religious denominations recorded at the prison were as follows:

Church of Ireland280
Presbyterian244
Methodist46
Roman Catholic959
Others42
Total1571
This information is not held centrally, and the breakdown by religion for previous years is not readily available.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners are at present incarcerated in Her Majesty's prison at Magilligan, county Londonderry; how many of them are registered as belonging to the Roman Catholic Church; and how these figures compare with those since the prison opened.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 November 1979, c. 783]: On 13 November 1979 there were 156 prisoners in Magilligan prison. The religious denominations recorded at the prison at that date, and the comparable figures for the four preceding years, were as follows:prisoners are at present incarcerated in Her Majesty's prison Crumlin Road, Belfast; how many of them are registered as belonging to the Protestant Churches; how many of them are registered as belonging to the Roman Catholic Church; and how these figures compare with those of the last five years.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 November 1979, c. 783]: On 13 November 1979 there were a total of 691 prisoners, convicted and unconvicted, in Belfast prison. The religious denominations recorded at the prison were as follows:

1978197719751974
Church of Ireland143174203196
Presbyterian132147188142
Methodist22204228
Roman Catholic393415282326
Others45656956
Totals735821784748