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Remand Prisoners

Volume 264: debated on Friday 20 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in each of the last three years were remanded in custody for more than 52 weeks before sentencing. [36745]

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. John Whittingdale, dated 20 October 1995:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking how many prisoners in each of the last three years were remanded in custody for more than 52 weeks before sentencing.
The available information relates to the length of time since first reception into a Prison Service establishment in England and Wales and is given in the attached table. Information for 1993 and earlier years is published in "Prison statistics, England and Wales" (tables 2.3 and 2.4 of the 1993 edition, Cm 2893), a copy of which is in the Library of the House.

Remand prisoners held in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on remand for over 12 months on 30 June: 1993–1995(1)

On 30 June

(2)Numbers held for over 12 months

1993250
1994

(3)290

1995

(3)340

1 Awaiting trial or sentence. Time since first reception on remand into a Prison Service establishment. This includes any intervening time spent on bail, but excludes time spent in police cells beforehand.

2 Rounded estimates.

3 Provisional figures.