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Prison Population

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

7. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the prison population in each year until 2012 and the places needed to accommodate it. (160189)

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely size of the prison population in each year until 2012 and the number of places in the prison estate needed to accommodate it. (160194)

The latest prison population projections were published on 31 August 2007 covering the period to June 2014. They offer three estimates of low, medium and high demand assumptions for 2012 ranging from 87,200 to 96,400.

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are being held in police and court cells. (160196)

We publish figures for the prison population every Friday. This includes the numbers held in police and court cells. The number of prisoners held in police cells on 19 October was 333. An additional five prisoners were held in police cells under local ‘lock-out’ arrangements. No prisoners have been held in court cells since the night of 19 June 2007.