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Prisoners on Remand

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have spent (a) over six months, (b) over 12 months, (c) over 18 months and (d) over two years in prison on remand in the last five years. (150135)

The requested information is not available in the form requested.

The average time spent on remand by prisoners discharged from different lengths of determinate sentence on completion of sentence or licence may be deduced from table 10.1 (for adults) and 10.2 (for young offenders) of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, 2004 and 2003. This calculation includes prisoners who were not remanded in custody.

Data for the earlier years may be found in table 4.11 Prison Statistics in England and Wales for 2002 and 2001.

Data are not held on prisoners who following time spent on remand do not spend time in custody under sentence.

Copies of these publications are placed in the House of Commons Library and can also be found at the Offender Management Caseload Statistics website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/omcs.html under section 10 for the years 2003 to 2005 and at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/omcsa.html for the years 2001 and 2002.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.