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Prisoners

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in England and Wales are in immediate custody for offences related to (a) fine defaulting, (b) violence, (c) damage to property and (d) trafficking or possession of prohibited articles. (159849)

At the end of August 2007 there were (a) 71 sentenced prisoners in custody in all prison establishments in England and Wales for fine defaulting; (b) there were 18,089 sentenced prisoners for all offences of violence against the person; no separate figures are available for the categories in (c) and (d); the following table gives the figures as at 31 August by standard available offence category for all prison establishments in England and Wales:

All prisoners

Immediate custodial sentence

All prisoners

85,942

Violence against the person

18,089

Sexual offences

7,394

Robbery

8,573

Burglary

7,871

Theft and handling

3,664

Fraud and Forgery

1,799

Drug offences

10,592

Motoring offences

1,455

Other offences

6,162

Offence not recorded

343

These figures are available at the published monthly statistics website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.htm

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.