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Prisoners (Statistics)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) drunks, (b) mentally subnormals, (c) prostitutes and (d) fine defaulters currently are in custody in Scotland.

I regret that the information sought on drunkenness offenders and prostitutes is not available. There is no person in a Scottish penal institution who has been medically identified as appropriate for transfer to hospital on account of mental deficiency. In March 1980, there were on average 426 persons serving sentences in default of payment of a fine, in Scottish penal establishments.