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Prisoners: Females

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were imprisoned for theft in (a) England and Wales and (b) each English region in each year since 1997. (187449)

The following table gives the number of women sentenced to immediate custody for theft and handling in England and Wales and each English region in each year since 1997.

Women sentenced to immediate custody for theft and handling1—offences by region, 1997-2006

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Metropolitan Police2

536

598

627

677

592

728

679

549

508

514

North West

578

660

767

754

632

696

677

622

506

517

North East

304

366

585

626

705

708

702

509

376

373

Midlands

124

156

210

363

354

428

388

376

327

366

Eastern

113

202

261

288

313

335

314

319

234

231

South East

258

331

390

373

506

539

556

556

520

469

South West

93

145

208

165

178

226

185

187

169

156

England

2,006

2,458

3,048

3,246

3,280

3,660

3,501

3,118

2,640

2,626

Wales

82

92

113

126

123

117

105

121

129

113

England and Wales

2,088

2,550

3,161

3,372

3,403

3,777

3,606

3,239

2,769

2,739

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Includes City of London

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were held in men’s prisons in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (187450)

Women prisoners are held in designated women’s units and prisons. In exceptional individual circumstances women may be held separately within a male prison for a short period.

The following is a count of female prisoners by establishments in England and Wales as at 31 December 2007:

Number

Askham Grange

112

Bronzefield

422

Downview

346

Drake Hall

290

East Sutton Park

89

Eastwood Park

318

Foston Hall

248

Holloway

465

Low Newton

299

Morton Hall

355

New Hall

401

Peterborough

346

Send

211

Styal

428

Total

4,330

This information is published at the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.iustice.gov.uk/docs/population-in-custody-dec07.xls

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.