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Detained Persons

Volume 21: debated on Thursday 1 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 4,800 untried and unconvicted prisoners incarcerated in British prisons on 31 January had been in prison for periods between one to three months, three to six months, six months to one year and more than one year; and whether, in pursuance of his policy of reducing pressure within prisons, he will release these people rather than release or shorten sentences of convicted criminals.

[pursuant to his reply, 18 March 1982, c. 173–74]: The information available is given in the following table:

Estimated population of untried and unconvicted prisoners in prison department establishment in England and Wales on 31 January 1982: by length of time since initial remand in custody
Length of time since initial remand in custody*Estimated number
Up to 1 month2,200
Over 1 month up to 3 months1,500
Over 3 months up to 6 months800
Over 6 months up to 12 months400
Over 12 months100
* Including any time which may have been spent on bail after the initial remand in custody.
† Figure revised from "about 4,800" given in a previous reply, 11 March 1982, c. 466.
Offences currently recorded as homicide where the victim was a police officer on duty by apparent method of killing and outcome of court proceedings.
England and Wales
Year of offenceMethod of killingCourt disposal of principal suspect
1965ShootingUnfit to plead
Sharp instrumentDeath commuted to life imprisonment
1966ShootingLife imprisonment
ShootingLife imprisonment
ShootingLife imprisonment
Sharp instrumentDetained during Her Majesty's Pleasure
1967Car8 years imprisonment
1969Sharp instrumentHospital order (s. 60/65 Mental Health Act 1959)
1970ShootingLife imprisonment
1971ShootingLife imprisonment
ShootingLife imprisonment
1972ShootingLife imprisonment
1973Car7 years imprisonment
ShootingLife imprisonment
1974ShootingLife imprisonment
1975ShootingNo suspect(*)
Sharp instrumentLife imprisonment
ShootingLife imprisonment
1977Sharp instrumentLife imprisonment
1978Blunt instrumentLife imprisonment
1979Sharp instrument8 years imprisonment
1980Sharp instrumentLife imprisonment
1981†Sharp instrumentDetained during Her Majesty's Pleasure
Car9 years imprisonment
(*) This offence is currently recorded as attributed to an act of terrorism. The alleged offender is still being sought.
(†) Provisional.