asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the prison population of England and Wales on 31 May; and by how much had it risen or fallen since:
The prison population in England and Wales was 65,227 on 31 May 1998. This figure was 280 below the population on 30 April 1998 (65,507) but 4,892 above that for 31 May 1997 (60,335) and 24,621 above the figure for 31 December 1992 (40,606).Information on the prison population at the end of each month is published in
Prison Statistics England and Wales and in Home Office Statistical Bulletin The prison population in 1997. Copies of these are in the Library.