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Prisoners on Remand

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners on remand in each financial year from 2005-06 to 2008-09 were found not guilty of the charges on which they were remanded to prison; and how many days on remand were served on average by such prisoners in each of those years; (285831)

(2) how many prisoners on remand in each financial year from 2005-06 to 2008-09 who were found guilty of the charges on which they were remanded to prison did not return to prison because their period on remand equalled or exceeded the terms of imprisonment that they would have been due to serve on conviction; and how many days on remand on average were served by such prisoners in each of those years.

The estimated number of defendants remanded in custody by all courts in England and Wales for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 (latest available) who were subsequently acquitted or not proceeded against was 14,500, 12,800, and 11,400 respectively.

The estimated number of defendants remanded in custody by all courts in England and Wales for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 (latest available) who were subsequently found guilty and sentenced to immediate custody was 41,300, 39,700 and 38,800 respectively. From information held on the Court Proceedings Database, it is not possible to determine how many of these defendants did not return to custody because they had already served their sentence on remand.

These data include those held in custody at any stage during proceedings and relate to the final outcome of the court proceedings. They are taken from the ‘Criminal Statistics, England and Wales' publications, 2005-07 which is published annually and presents data by calendar year.

Data from Offender Management Caseload Statistics indicate that during 2007 the average length of time served on remand was 55 days. This figure relates to all defendants and it is not possible to provide separate figures for those defendants who were subsequently acquitted and those subsequently found guilty.