asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average daily number of convicted prisoners serving sentences of 18 months or less in England and Wales during (a) 1978 and (b) 1979.
In 1978 the average daily population of persons serving sentences of imprisonment of 18 months or less in prison department establishments in England and Wales was 12,679. The provisional figure for 1979 is 12,730. Information on the average daily population of prison Department establishments in England and Wales in 1979 by type of prisoner will be published later this year in "Prison Statistics England and Wales" —table 1.2 of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7626.