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Prisoners On Remand

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were remanded in custody on the most recent date for which information is available; and how many of these were juveniles under 17 years.

On 31 January 1980 4,226 persons were awaiting trial and 2,256 persons who had been convicted were awaiting sentence in prison department establishments in England and Wales. Of those who are awaiting trial 113 were juveniles and of those awaiting sentence 174 were juveniles.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average length of time spent on remand by prisoners awaiting trial or sentence, broken down by region.

It is estimated that in 1978 untried prisoners spent on average about 35 days on remand in custody before conviction or a finding of not guilty and that convicted unsentenced prisoners spent on average about 31 days on remand in custody before sentence. Information by region is not available. Figures for 1979 are not yet available.