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Prisoners: Females

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time served in prison on remand was for women in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) in 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement. (199906)

Data on the length of time offenders spend on remand are not routinely collected. However we can estimate the average time on remand by comparing the average remand population and total number of remand receptions each year. On this basis, the following table shows the average length of time in days spent by women on remand in prison establishments in England and Wales in each year between 1997 and 2006 (more recent data are not yet available):

Average time on remand

1997

43

1998

41

1999

41

2000

39

2001

39

2002

40

2003

40

2004

42

2005

46

2006

44

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