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Remand Prisoners

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the longest time, as of 1 October 1985, that any person had been held in custody awaiting trial.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were remanded in custody and subsequently acquitted or not proceeded with in the years 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, respectively, in England and Wales.

The information requested is published annually in "Prison Statistics, England and Wales" (Table 2.4 of the latest issue for 1984 Cmnd. 9622).

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the average length of time spent on remand for those who were subsequently acquitted or not proceeded against during 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, respectively, in England and Wales;(2) how many persons who were remanded in custody and subsequently acquitted or not proceeded against spent

(a) nought to three months on remand, (b) three to six months on remand, (c) six to nine months on remand, (d) nine to 12 months on remand and (e) over 12 months on remand in respect of those first remanded during 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the weekly cost of keeping a prisoner in custody in the years 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985, respectively, in a remand institution in England and Wales.

The average weekly cost in recent years of keeping a person in custody in a local prison or remand centre in England and Wales is shown in the following table. Financial information for 1984–85 is not yet available.

Average weekly cost per inmate of imprisonment in a local prison or remand centre.
Financial yearAverage weekly cost £
1979–80122
1980–81168
1981–82181
1982–83200
1983–84*216
* The figure for 1983–84 was derived from the Prison Department costing system and is not stricly comparable with figures for earlier years. A full explanation of the different bases of calculation was given in the Prison Department Financial Report 1983–84.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to introduce financial compensation for those prisoners who were remanded in custody and subsequently acquitted or not proceeded against in England and Wales.