§ SIR THOMAS DEWAR (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the number of aliens at present undergoing sentences in His Majesty's prisons in the United Kingdom; 1204 and how the figures compare with the four previous years.
§ *MR. AKERS-DOUGLAS
The total number of convicted aliens received into prisons in England and Wales was, in the year 1899, 2,437; 1900, 2,761; 1901, 3,101; 1902, 3,845; 1903, 4,099. The figures for 1904 shall be sent to the hon. Member as soon as they are completed. To give the figures for a particular day would involve the collection of a special return, and they would be much less satisfactory, for purposes of comparison, than the total number received.
§ [No Answer was returned.]